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Investigators look to pinpoint cause of Norwich auto repair shop fire

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A fire destroyed the Kleemann Service Center in Norwich on Sunday. (WFSB photo) A fire destroyed the Kleemann Service Center in Norwich on Sunday. (WFSB photo)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Crews continue to look into what caused a devastating fire at an auto repair shop in Norwich Sunday.

The fire broke out at the Kleemann Service Center on North Main Street around 5 p.m.

Investigators said the business was filled with toxic chemicals.

Monday, firefighters kept an eye on the rubble for hot spots.

Investigators said they plan to return to the scene later Monday morning to pinpoint a cause.

Sunday, the black smoke could be seen from miles away.

See photos from the scene here.

Norwich Fire Chief Kenneth Scandariato said that the fire burned hotter than most because of the hundreds of gallons of waste oil inside.

Multiple departments responded to help battle the fire. It took nearly two hours to contain.

Three people were inside Kleemann's at the time of the fire. Fire officials said all of them escaped unharmed, as did the firefighters who responded.

Fire officials did say that the cause appeared to be accidental.

They said a Kleemann's employee was supposedly grinding something underneath a car near gasoline containers when he noticed there was a fire in the area of the gas. He couldn't stop it and it grew out of control.

Crews deemed the building a total loss.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was also called to the scene because of the toxic materials.

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