On September 26, 2017 at 4:51 am, a fire at 7101 Industrial Drive, Owings, was discovered by a passing motorist. Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department responded. The site was a commercial auto repair facility known as Chesapeake Auto Repair. There was a smoke alarm present.
The fire was the result of discarded smoking materials in a flower pot in front of the building. The fire caused heavy damage to the exterior front of the building. The fire also extended to the interior, causing moderate damage to the building’s contents. There was no one at the business at the time the fire was discovered. The estimated loss to the structure is $200,000 and $150,000 to the contents.