$1.5 million in damage reported in the Flying M Truck Service fire in south London, Ontario. – London


London police say a fire Monday afternoon at a commercial garage on the southern outskirts of the city caused $1.5million in damage.

In a Tuesday update, police said fire investigators were on scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire at the Flying M Truck Service and Collision Center at 7340 Colonel Talbot Rd., between Southminster Bourne and Orr Drive.

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Police say they are helping with drone footage of the scene.

Fire crews responded to the scene shortly after 3 p.m. Monday and encountered black smoke billowing over the area, including the nearby freeway. 401 north.

“Reports indicate that some propane cylinders have exploded. Smaller cylinders, at this point, of which we are aware. Also, because this is an auto shop, we believe some tires also exploded,” Deputy Fire Chief Matt Hepditch said Monday at the scene.

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At least 35 firefighters from the London Fire Service attended the scene, along with fire crews from nearby Middlesex Center and Southwold Township, he said.

The investigation is ongoing.

– with files from Matthew Trevithick of Global News.

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