The scene of the fire that destroyed the offices of Impack Auto, a restaurant and a mechanic shop -Shamir Brown photo

Business operators are counting their losses after fire of unknown origin razed a commercial building housing the offices of Impack Auto Sales and some other businesses in Westgreen, Montego Bay yesterday.

Reports from the Montego Bay Fire Department are that the fire ripped through the building, which was mostly constructed of board, within a matter of minutes, gutting the sales office for Impack, a restaurant and a mechanic shop.

Four cars that were in the vicinity were also damaged, while a Toyota Starlet was completely burnt out before anyone could make an attempt to remove it.

Firefighters from Freeport reported that they received the call about 3:33pm and responded with two units. Upon arrival, they saw the building completely engulfed in flames, with persons attempting to remove the cars and other contents from the vicinity of the fire.

Firefighters sprang into action and subsequently brought the fire under control.

Damage is estimated at twenty-five million dollars and it is not known whether the building or contents were insured.