Heavy smoke, flames engulf autobody garage in Mount Pearl

Flames were visible in the furnace room at Capital Collision Centre when fire crews arrived on the scene.

Fire started in Capital Collision Centre's furnace room, which received significant damage

St. John's Regional Fire Department crews responded to a report of heavy smoke from a commercial garage in Donovans late Saturday. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Fire damaged an automotive repair garage in Donovans Industrial Park in Mount Pearl late Saturday night.

St. John's Regional Fire Department crews responded at 11:12 p.m. to Capital Collision Centre on Sagona Avenue.

Platoon Chief Brian Tucker told CBC News firefighters found heavy smoke when they arrived, and had to force their way into the building.

He said once they were inside, they could see flames from the furnace room, located at the rear east of the building.

Tucker said the furnace room sustained significant damage, while the rest of the building has smoke and water damage.

Crews were able to knock down flames within 15 minutes, Tucker said. He added it took another hour to ensure all signs of smoke had been extinguished.  

The fire is now under investigation.