Martin Road Auto Body: Condemned

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The fire that gutted the Martin Road Auto Body Shop originated with a wood stove that was installed just one month ago.

Now the owner and his family are scrambling to determine how they will move forward.

Amanda Nagle, said her father had been running the auto body business since she was a little girl.

She's heartbroken the fire took place just before the holidays.

The fire broke out around 4:00 P.M. on Monday.

Volunteers from a half dozen fire departments and the guard base battled the blaze into the evening.

Today, a Rice Lake Fire Department official, Scott Twining says no inspection will take place because the property is not insured and there were no casualties.

Normally, when an individual has property insurance, the insurer will issue a formal investigation.

Gerald Nagle lived above his shop.

According to Amanda he's run the shop for nearly 30 years.
Now the building and his home are destroyed.

"There is still a lot of structure in tact, as far as the apartment goes, but with all of the smoke and water damage I don't think—and the building is condemned. And I don't think that it is going to be habitable, you know, again. Unless you really regut or tear down and start all over," Amanda Nagle said.

Nagle says a building inspector combed through the building and indicated the property needs to be condemned.

Initial reports indicate the fire began in the shop area, traveled into the ceiling and spread into the attached barn.

Family and friends are planning a fundraiser to help with the costs that resulted from the fire.

Justin Reis, NNC.