UPDATE: Leesville Road reopened in Lynchburg after commercial structure fire

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UPDATE 11:52 a.m.: Lynchburg crews have reopened the 500 block of Leesville Road Wednesday morning after a commercial fire at an old auto repair shop in the area.

Lynchburg Fire Department Battalion Chief David Jackson told WFXR News that the call came in about the fire at the auto shop shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Crews then spent about an hour putting out the fire, including the hot spots.

However, Jackson says the shop was not operational and it was being leased as a space.

The fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire, but there are no reports of any injuries resulting from the incident.

As for the temporary closure of the 500 block of Leesville Road, Jackson says he doesn’t like shutting down traffic — especially on busy roads like Leesville Road — but says crews had to close the road Wednesday morning in order to put out the fire appropriately.

In addition, Jackson urges community members to call in when they see something like Wednesday’s fire, because the sooner first responders can get there, the better.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A portion of Leesville Road has been shut down Wednesday morning due to a “fire related incident,” according to the Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services.

According to the department, the 500 block of Leesville Road is currently closed because of the fire.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area for the morning.

WFXR News is working to learn more about the fire.

This is a developing story.

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