Cause of Fire at Normal Auto Repair Business Under Investigation

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A Normal, IL auto repair shop hopes to stay in business despite sustaining major damage in a fire late last month.

"Hopefully it'll get better and we'll get it running again," said Erol Muharemoski, whose father, Ramko, owns Twin City Garage at 604 Orlando Ave.

Firefighters responded 11:50 a.m. to a blaze at the garage that caused no injuries but heavily damaged the building. Several cars inside and outside were damaged or destroyed.

Glenn Rosencrans, supervisor of prevention for the Normal Fire Department, said investigators are continuing to look for the cause and the cost of damage was unknown late Thursday.

But the building is likely a total loss, he said, adding the business is insured.

No injuries were reported. Crews needed two hours to bring the blaze under control, Rosecrans said, as they poured water on the structure and vehicles.

The business is located along North Main Street, where billowing black smoke could be seen as far south as Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington when firefighters arrived.

Ramko Muharemoski said the fire started on the roof, then moved into the first bay on the building's west side, collapsing the roof in that area and allowing the fire spread inside.

Three employees were inside at the time but got out, he added.

Twin City Garage opened Jan. 30, the owners said. Ramko Muharemoski and his son both live in Bloomington.

Bloomington firefighters assisted at the scene.

This article, by Derek Beigh, and photo originally appeared on

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