WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Smoke and flames destroyed a building in Westmoreland County Sunday afternoon.

The blaze started along Silvis Road in Washington Township.

According to emergency officials, the building that caught fire is located in a former junk yard.

Authorities say the building was being used as an automotive repair shop.

The owners had just left when the fire started.

“We had reports there was a dog and a cat inside. The owners of those were just here shortly before the fire to feed them and give them water,” said First Asst. Chief Clayton Murphy, of the Washington Township Fire Co.

Firefighters say the closest hydrant was about a half mile away. At least seven fire companies responded to the scene.

Photo Gallery: NewsChopper 2 over the scene of the fire.

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