Auto shop housing luxury vehicles catches fire in Mooresville

Updated: Feb. 3, 2021 at 6:46 AM EST
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - A fire broke out at an auto repair shop in Mooresville Tuesday night, damaging a building that housed around 10 collector cars.

The fire started around 11 p.m. at Auto Concepts of the Carolinas on Lugnut Lane off Brawley School Road. At least five fire departments responded to the fire.

Half of the building sustained damage. No injuries were reported.

Former Navy flyer Jim Holland stopped by the shop on Wednesday. His 1957 Corvette was inside during the fire.

“I got a text from a friend of mine who asked if I’d heard about a fire at Jesse’s auto repair place,” Holland said. “I hadn’t heard about it but since my car was here undergoing repair, I got excited really quick, turns out mine wasn’t damaged substantially, it can be repaired. It’s really only smoke damage as I understand it, so it’ll be cleaned up, it’ll be cleaned up…for an hour this morning, I was in mourning because I thought I’d lost my car that my wife and I have owned since 1973.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The shop is owned by Jesse Walker.

“Oh yeah, Jesse is the best,” Holland added, “everybody knows him, super guy, super knowledgeable, they don’t’ get any better than Jesse.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Jesse get back on his feet:

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