Multiple fire departments were called out to a fire in New Carlisle at a commercial building on Walnut, just south of US 20 and the railroad tracks.
Crews responded to the fire around 6:40 p.m. on Friday.
Kenneth Sebasty, the owner of the building, stores antique vehicles, tractors, and farm equipment in the building. He bought the building seven years ago, after an electrical companies’ plans fell through.
The fire started after Sebasty started one of the vehicles in the building. He routinely starts his vehicles because he says it is good for them.
"I got in this one and I hit the ignition, and for some reason or another it exploded. And it was so unbelievable because on the first explosion, the tires were on fire. How'd that happen, I don't know," he says.
He got out of the truck and tried putting out the fire himself.
"I do know that while I was trying to put the fire out, the pickup tried to start, and that would pour in more gas into it," he says.
Fire Chief Joshua Schweizer says, “Right now, preliminary is, a gentleman was starting his car, it backfired, causing the fire. It’s still under investigation at this point.”
Four to five vehicles were damaged in the fire, which was contained to the north end of the building.
The fire was put out and no major injuries were reported.