Posted at: 04/19/2013 8:45 AM
Updated at: 04/19/2013 10:50 PM
Two garages as well as several vehicles and equipment inside were destroyed in a fire early Friday morning in Rice Lake Township, St. Louis County authorities said.
According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the owner of JM Auto sales on the 5000 block of Rice Lake Road, was awakened by his dogs barking around 2:30. They said the man saw one of the two garages on his was on fire.
Authorities said high winds and the close proximity of the two garage buildings allowed the blaze to then ignite the second building.
The buildings are a total loss with damages estimated at $80,000. Authorities are investigating what might have caused the fire.