Fire At Rey's Auto Parts In Alamo

POSTED: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 9:33pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

A fire that burned parts of an old car parts yard in alamo this afternoon is now under control.
Alamo Fire crews say, when they first got the call, around 5, they heard it was a structure fire...
When they arrived, they found out, it was old cars, at Rey's Auto Parts and sales,burning up.
Sarah Leija is the sister of Rey, who owns, Rey's Auto Parts and Sales.
She says, the minute she heard about the fire, she rushed to see what was going on.
"Scared, paniced, i don't know if he has insurance on this property, I mean it's a lot of cars in there."
There are hundreds of cars in this old car salvage yard...
One hundred of them burned.
"One of the old cars had some gasoline, I believe it started leaking, and it got too hot, and the grass was too hight, and I'm assuming that's what happened."
Leija says, she thinks, the fire started because of a leaky gas tank, but firefighters say they're still investigating.
Fire crews from Donna, San Juan, and Alamo joined forces to spray down the flames.
Alamo's Fire Chief, Roland Espinoza says, certain regulations in the lot, were not followed, so they couldn't, get their fire trucks in.
"Basically getting to it, as you can tell, lots of cars piled up, regulations are in place, we'll be talking to the owner because we had a hard time getting our units in," Chief Espinoza says.
In order for fire crews to get closer to the flames, they had to use an axe to break thru this fence.
"We had to drag our fire hoses in there."
Now, that the flames are completely out, Leija says, it's sad, because this could mean a big loss for her brother's 30-year old business.
"He's got all this money invested, so it's gonna be tough, i hope everything will be all right."
After hours of fire-fighting, these crews are finally getting a chance to clean and cool off.
Luckily, there were no injuries reported.

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