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SMOKE DAMAGE 'EXTENSIVE' IN BASIL CHEVROLET FIRE

Smoke damage was "extensive" Monday night following a fire at a Transit Road car dealership, according to the Twin District fire chief.

Firefighters were summoned to Basil Chevrolet, 5111 Transit Road, after sales personnel and customers smelled smoke shortly after 7 p.m., Fire Chief Ronald Rozler said. The fire started in what appeared to be a work station in the parts department, which was closed at the time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Rozler said.

"The fire was out in a couple of minutes," said the chief -- who described fire damage as "very minimal" -- "but there's a tremendous amount of smoke that charged the entire building." Among the smoke-damaged contents are new cars, he said.

A Twin District Fire Company firefighter suffered a knee injury at the scene and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where shewas expected to be released after treatment, Rozler said.

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