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Burlington's Good Cars Only dealership 'absolutely devastated' after $1M fire

Dozens of firefighters battled a massive fire that tore through a Burlington car dealership and caused an estimated $1 million in damage Thursday.

'We are absolutely devastated,' reads Facebook post from Good Cars Only

A total of 33 firefighters were called in to battle a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Burlington car dealership Thursday. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Dozens of firefighters battled a massive fire that tore through a Burlington car dealership and caused an estimated $1 million in damage Thursday.

Emergency crews were alerted to the flames by a ladder truck that was heading down Appleby Line around 10 p.m. when one of the firefighters spotted dark smoke billowing out the back of the Good Cars Only dealership.

"At that time you could hear popping and there was heavy smoke and visible flames," said Burlington Fire Department Deputy Chief Karen Roche.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate what sparked the flames. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

The chief said the ladder crew immediately called in the fire and were eventually joined by a total of 33 firefighters and nine emergency vehicles who continued to fight the flames through the night.

Roche said she could see dark, heavy smoke from kilometres away as she drove to the burning building.

At one point, the roof started to buckle and cave in, but Roche said no firefighters were inside at the time and no injuries were reported.

"The sheer size of the building made it a challenge because you want to make sure there's no risk to firefighters when they go in," she explained, adding the fire heavily damaged a mechanics shop at the back of the property as well as a front showroom.

"From what we can see, the back part of the building has the worst damage whereas the front was saved," read a post on the Good Cars Only Facebook page Friday morning. "We are absolutely devastated."

The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate what sparked the fire.