The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Cops, courts and fires

February 5, 2013

Car blasts into liquor store, catches fire

DALEVILLE, Ind. — A local liquor store might not have cold beer for a while.

A BMW punched into the cooler section of 69 Liquors on West Commerce Road and briefly caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters arrived about 3 p.m. and put the fire out within 15 minutes.

“I was just at work then suddenly out of nowhere it was like a loud explosion,” said employee William Davis. “All of a sudden, the doors come flying open in the cooler and smoke started coming out.”

Davis said the vehicle made a right turn into the store’s parking lot and accelerated straight into the building without stopping. The wheels on the vehicle continued to spin even after progress was halted from the impact of the building. Davis said he wasn’t sure whether the fire was caused by the spinning tires.

“The car slammed into the building and it was on fire in the building,” said Salem Township fire Capt. Brad Reel. “That’s all we know right now.”

The unidentified driver of the BMW was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ambulance to a hospital. Authorities at the scene couldn’t identify the driver, the hospital he was taken to or his condition. The reason for the wreck was also unknown.

Beverages leaked into the ravaged cooler as crews from Salem Township Fire Department, Chesterfield Fire Department and Delaware County Emergency worked to dislodge the sports car.

Owner G.D. Gagandeep said he’s not sure if the building is salvageable, but he’s just happy none of his employees were hurt.

“A lot of times we have guys back there in the cooler restocking,” Gagandeep said. “We’re so lucky no one was in there.”

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