Classic Motors Fire Closes Part Of Route 27


A morning fire at Classic Motors on Route 27 sent its owner to the hospital and closed part of the highway.
Photo: Franklin Township Police.

A morning fire in a Route 27 auto repair shop has closed part of the state highway and sent the shop’s owner to the hospital.

The 68-year-old owner of Classic Motors, Franklin Park – who police did not name – was taken to an area hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said.

Police said the fire started at about 9:30 a.m. when fuel made contact with a droplight in the shop while the owner was working on a car.

The owner tried to extinguish the fire, but it spread too quickly, police said.

Township police spokesman Sgt. Phil Rizzo said Rt. 27 between Bunker HIll Road and Goldstar Drive will be closed into the early afternoon hours while firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots in the area.

Firefighters from the Franklin Township Office of Fire Prevention are on scene and conducting an investigation into the incident, police said. Mutual Aid Coordinators from Somerset County and representatives from the Somerset County Haz-Mat Team were on scene as well.

The fire was reported to be extinguished at about 11 a.m., police said.


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