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Blaze Damages Oregon Dealership

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A blaze Tuesday night destroyed an Oregon dealership’s shop and damaged its connecting store.

The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to the buildings and their contents, according to a preliminary report from the Sweet Home, Ore., Fire Department.

“I think it’s going to be a lot more,” Mary Mansfield told the Albany Democrat-Herald.

Mansfield and her husband, Clarence Mansfield, have owned Sweet Home RV Center since 1991.

“It’s a little mind-boggling right now,” she said.

The fire was reported at 10:58 p.m. from the business, and no employees were present at the time of the blaze.

The blaze destroyed the back wall of the store, which is a shared wall with the shop. The store and inventory also were damaged by smoke and water, Mansfield said.

Storage units are safe and none of the RVs at the facility was damaged.

The business will be closed until further notice.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but one worker said it may have been caused by sparks from a grinder that may have caused something to ignite after the business closed down for the night, according to the Sweet Home Fire Department.

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