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Car ignites inside dealership showroom on Route 1 early Thursday

Firefighters were called to the scene around 4:44 a.m.

A car inside a Mercedes dealership in Lynnfield caught fire early Thursday morning, causing “heavy smoke” to plume from the building, according to the local fire department.

A security guard called the fire department to the Herb Chambers Mercedes dealership at 385 Broadway/Route 1 around 4:44 a.m., and, when firefighters arrived, the smoke was coming from the roofline, the fire department said on Facebook.

Firefighters then went into the building and had “zero visibility,” according to the department.

“Using their thermal imaging camera the crew was able to find the vehicle on fire and began fire attack,” the post said.

Firefighters rang a second alarm at 4:56 a.m. because of the building’s size, number of vehicles inside, and the lack of visibility, according to officials. Multiple other fire departments responded to help, while a couple of others covered Lynnfield’s stations.

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The fire was put under control, and, by 6 a.m., firefighters were able to leave the scene.

Authorities don’t believe the fire is suspicious, Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davis told WCVB.

“The building has sprinklers,” Davis said. “The sprinkler system did as it is intended, and it did keep the fire in check, but it easily could’ve spread to the 12 vehicles in the building.”

Smoke began emanating from another car later Thursday morning, according to the news station, and firefighters went back, but then it stopped without issue. The dealership was open on Thursday.

At 0444 hours this morning Lynnfield dispatch received a phone call reporting a car on fire in the showroom at Herb…

Posted by Lynnfield Fire Department on Thursday, February 20, 2020

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