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Predawn fire lays waste to Sheffield Village limo company (VIDEO, UPDATED)

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    The home of Statement Limousine in Sheffield Village was severely damaged by a predawn fire Wednesday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    Karl Guenther II, owner of Statement Limousine, talks on the phone as he paces in front of one of his burned limo buses. The predawn fire destroyed two buildings Wednesday morning.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — A local limousine company lost most of its vehicles and its building in an early morning fire in Sheffield Village.

Sheffield Village Fire Capt. B.J. Huge said the fire department was called to the building at 3739 Colorado Avenue at 4:38 a.m. He said when the department arrived on the scene, 75 percent of the building was fully engulfed in flames and the roof was partially collapsed.

Huge said 39 firefighters came to the scene after a call was sent out for mutual aid. Firefighters worked from outside the building due to the volume of fire and the collapsing roof, which fully collapsed before the fire was extinguished. Live electrical lines had also burned off of the building and created an electrocution hazard to firefighters. Huge said no firefighters were injured and there were no occupants in the building.

The fire was knocked down at approximately 7:30 a.m., which is when departments called in to help left while six Sheffield Village Firefighters stayed to deal with hotspots and burning vehicles. Sheffield Village left the scene at approximately 11:45 a.m.

The building formerly housed to SBS Transit, and is currently home for Statement Limousine. Statement’s owner Karl Guenther II said all of the company’s limousines except two were lost in the blaze.

Guenther said he is working with his insurance company before he makes an official statement on the company’s Facebook page. He added that he is working with his network to make sure his customers have their transportation.

“We won’t leave our clients stranded,” Guenther said. “I’ll move heaven and earth to make our are taken care of.”

Huge said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The total damage is high but the fire department can’t provide exact numbers.

Contact Sean McDonnell at (440) 329-7148 or smcdonnell@chroniclet.com


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