A fire at a North End Winnipeg auto dealership caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the building and several vehicles.

The fire at Global Auto Sales, at 502 Dufferin Ave., broke out just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said it started inside the building, where several vehicles were kept.

No one was hurt.

Dave McLean, the shop manager at Leo's Auto Body next door, said the inside of Global's building is scorched.

"It was a truck that had caught fire apparently. They had about eight vehicles stored inside their premises at the time," he said.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.