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Tank fire burns worker, destroys shop

An employee suffered minor burns Thursday when a fire destroyed a collision shop.

North Tonawanda firefighters battled the blaze at Dan's Collision & Towing, 191 Oliver St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

James Miller, 41, of North Tonawanda, who was treated for minor hand injuries, was using an electric saw to remove a fuel tank from a vehicle when the tank ignited, Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Krantz said.

Miller and another employee fled safely before flames engulfed the workplace, Krantz added.

Krantz said damages were estimated at $75,000 to the building, which was used to store machinery and for repairs, and $50,000 to its contents.

The building is owned by David Gademsky and leased by Daniel Habuda, who owns two other buildings, including an office and parking garage, at the site, officials said.

The adjacent structures were not damaged.

Krantz said all North Tonawanda units were summoned to fight the blaze.

City of Tonawanda firefighters and volunteers from the Adams Fire Company were on standby.

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