SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A newly built showroom at a Scottsdale car dealership has been heavily damaged after a fire started early Tuesday.
Scottsdale Fire Department officials said the blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. at the Scottsdale Kia dealership near Scottsdale and McDowell roads.
The fire was initially located in the attic space above the showroom, and not in the occupied areas of the building. Officials said the collapse of the roof structure from the burning of the wood trusses is what later disabled the sprinkler system.
The fire was contained to the newly remodeled area of the dealership, which was in the final stages of construction.
Mark Kia General Manager Joshua Spencer said the new showroom was scheduled to celebrate its grand opening Tuesday. He estimated the damage at up to $1 million.
Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Jay Ducote said firefighters handed over the scene to investigators and cleanup crews around 1 p.m. He said the official cause of the fire remains under investigation.
According to fire officials, several construction and system inspections of the site had previously been done, but the building had not yet had a final clearance.
A dealership spokesperson said no vehicles were in the showroom at the time of the fire.
Fire officials say there was an estimated $800,000 to $1,000,000 in damage.
Officials said one firefighter was evaluated and treated for possible heat exhaustion during Tuesday's cleanup efforts. No other injuries were reported.
Approximately 80 firefighters from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe worked together to gain control of the fire.