Fire damages Rutland Town auto salvage company

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RUTLAND TOWN, Vt. (WCAX) Ken McGinnis is the owner of Rosen & Berger Used Auto Parts. Monday night, McGinnis was home watching TV when he received a phone call that every business owner fears.

Courtesy: Michael Chaloux

"My heart just stopped. I didn't know what to think," McGinnis said.

He arrived at his salvage yard and saw the building on his property in flames.

"The smoke-- the smoke was just terrible. The smoke was just so bad you couldn't see anything," he said.

Police say electrical issues through the building sparked the fire. It is not considered suspicious. Police say it started in the office and spread to the rest of the building, ruining much of their inventory.

Reporter Ike Bendavid: What was lost inside?
Ken McGinnis: Everything... all book work, our computer system with our inventory in it.

Crews fighting the fire had to use air packs to avoid inhaling toxic smoke from the car parts and oil. One nearby house was evacuated. No one was injured.

"It's hard to have this happen right now because we were just coming into a good season. We were selling a lot of parts and now it's not," McGinnis said.

McGinnis says he has worked on the 32-acre scrap yard his whole life. He bought the property from his dad in 2007. He says he can't put a dollar amount to the loss of his business.

McGinnis wanted to pass along that the scrap metal side of the business is still open.