Burns Service Center destroyed by fire

A massive fire destroyed the Burns Service Center in Bethel July 28.

Owner Greg Burns was transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital with first and second degree burns on his arms and torso after the two-hour fire decimated the towing and service center that had been serving Bethel residents for decades.

On Monday afternoon, Burns was doing work on a pick-up truck inside the garage, located at 3370 state Route 125, when the truck caught fire, said Bethel fire chief Rick Stowell.

Burns was injured when he tried to tow the truck out with a wrecker, but it was too late to prevent the fire from spreading to gas tanks inside the garage, which exploded, igniting the entire building.