Fire crews from Lawton and Bronson, Iowa, were called to a garage fire at 1225 Buchanan Ave. Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire, which destroyed the garage and many of its contents, has yet to be determined.
A number of items in the garage, including equipment and a 1977 Corvette that Garcia had been trying to repair for some years, were either seriously damaged or destroyed.
Nate Niehus, a lieutenant with the Lawton Fire Department, said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The garage had already collapsed by the time fire crews arrived on scene.
Niehus said tanks in the garage that appeared to contain propane and acetylene were cause for concern among the firefighters on scene.
"We had a couple 50-gallon drums that had unknown substances in them, they were bloated, there was acetylene tanks, there was propane tanks. Those, when they get real hot, can explode, we've seen it happen on other calls," Niehus said.