Lancaster Motorcycle Shop Fire

Eight North Texas fire departments worked to knock down a three-alarm fire that severely damaged a Lancaster motorcycle dealership early Friday morning.

Lancaster Fire Department officials said a witness spotted the fire at Cycle Town South on the 1600 block of North Interstate 35E at about 12:45 a.m.

Lancaster firefighters tried to put out the fire but were forced to retreat due to multiple explosions coming from inside the building.

Dallas firefighters arrived at about 2:30 a.m. to assist in the battle, according to authorities. Red Oak, DeSoto, Glen Heights, Ovilla, Wilmer and Hutchins firefighters also responded.

Two Lancaster firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and then released, authorities said. No other injuries were reported and there was no one inside the building when firefighters arrived.

By 5:15 a.m., the fire had been mostly extinguished, though authorities said they were monitoring a few hot spots.

Authorities said the fire originated at the back of the building, near a repair shop, but the exact cause has not yet been confirmed and a damage estimate has not been provided.

The northbound I-35E service road is shut down near the scene just north of Bear Creek Road. Officials said they expect the road to be shut down for most of the morning.

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