UPDATE: Fire Sends Two People with Critical Injuries to Hospital

By: News 10
By: News 10

A fire in the auto shop of RPM Auto Sales on South Cedar in Lansing sent two people with critical injuries to the hospital.

Two people were attempting to fix a fuel tank in a Chevy Suburban. The fire began when the tank was dropped on the concrete floor, igniting the fuel.

The owner of the auto shop called 911.

"Everyone here pretty much came around with fire extinguishers," said Jarrod Olsen, RPM Auto's Operations Manager. "When we noticed it was not something we were going to handle, they were on their way. So all we could do was wait for the firemen to show up."

The Lansing Fire Department dispatched all available crews.

"Upon the crews leaving the station, they saw in the air heavy smoke in the air as they were arriving here," said Lt. Bruce Odom of the Lansing Fire Department. "Upon arrival, the first thing they did was witness a victim in the parking lot who appeared to be burned pretty bad."

Two men are in critical condition at a local hospital from injuries they received in the fire. A third person had minor injuries but refused medical attention.

The auto shop building was damaged, but is not a total loss, and is owned by RPM Auto Sales. A store manager tells News 10 the injured men were not RPM employees but contractors who were leasing the space.

The area roadways that had been closed down while emergency crews responded to the fire have been re-opened.

Stay with WILX.com and News 10 tonight for complete coverage, and further updates.

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