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January 25, 2021

Fire damages Chualar auto shop early Christmas morning

CHUALAR — Monterey County fire crews rushed to contain a fire that broke out early Christmas morning at an auto repair shop in Chualar.

Multiple structures were threatened by the blaze on Grant Street around 4 a.m., and five fire engines responded, according to the Monterey County Regional Fire Department. No injuries were reported, but residents on Washington Street, between Jackson and Scott streets, were ordered to evacuate.

Smoke fills the air as fire crews extinguish the Dec. 25 fire at a Chualar auto repair shop. (Monterey County Regional Fire Department)

The fire damaged the auto shop and another building nearby, as well as affected power lines near the scene.

Multiple agencies assisted, including those from Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, CTF, North County, Presidio of Monterey, CHP, SO, PG&E and AMR. The fire was under control at about 6:24 a.m. and was fully extinguished a few hours later.

The cause of the Dec. 25 fire is not yet known.

Fire crews make progress on the Dec. 25 fire at an auto repair shop in Chualar. (Monterey County Regional Fire Department)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for King City and occasionally for the surrounding communities in South Monterey County.

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