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Fire at Casa Ford facility causes $20,000 in damage

Update: A fire Wednesday morning at a Casa Ford building on the 6100 block of Yaqui Way caused $20,000 in structural damage to the property.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, El Paso Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to a condition 3 fire at 6140 Yaqui Way when the automated alarm system notified 911.

When they arrived, crews found light smoke coming from the east side of the building. After determining that there was no one inside, firefighters began to fight the fire.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control an hour later and contained it to 25 percent of the building.

There were no injuries to employees or fire personnel.

A total of 14 units and 36 personnel from the El Paso Fire Department responded to this incident.

El Paso Police, El Paso Electric and Texas Gas assisted in the incident.

El Paso Fire officials are reminding the public that portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out small fires, but you should always call 9-1-1 first.

The public should also know how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher, whether at home or at work. Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.

But more importantly, know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every building should have a fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

To request fire extinguisher training, help with a home/work escape plan or inquire about smoke alarms, the public can call (915) 485-5699 or visit

Original story: El Paso firefighters are battling a fire in Central El Paso at a building that provides operations for the Casa Ford dealership.

The incident began shortly after 6 a.m. on the 6100 block of Yaqui Way, which is behind the Wendy’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants on Montana.

According to radio transmissions from firefighters on the scene, there is heavy smoke inside the building and “lots of fire” on the second floor.

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