SHALER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A two-alarm fire sent emergency crews to an automotive business in Shaler Township late Friday night.

According to emergency dispatchers, the fire broke out after 10 p.m. at GIS Automotive along Route 8.

READ MORE: Cold Temperatures Prove Perfect For Ligonier Ice Fest

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to the scene and investigated. The battery in a hot rod that was in the shop sparked the fire.

Shaler Township Police say all six volunteer fire departments in Shaler, plus some other surrounding communities responded to the scene.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)


One firefighter was checked out for a wrist injury, police said.

READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Temperatures Rise Into The 20s, More Snow On The Way Sunday

Clean-up was underway Saturday afternoon, and they expect to reopen later this week.

“We’ve already started the clean-up efforts. There were only two cars that were a total loss,” David Norris, a friend of the GIS Automotive owner, said. “The remainder just have smoke and minor water damage, and the clean-up efforts are already underway.”

Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter

Crews also had to shut down some roads while putting out the fire.

Route 8 from Pennview Street to Spencer Lane was closed off until 1:30 a.m.

MORE NEWS: Staying Prepared: With Frigid Temperatures And More Snow On The Way, Stores Stocked Up