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Fire destroys longtime Winston-Salem car dealership

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WINSTON-SALEM -- A small business owner is trying to recover from a devastating fire that happened Friday morning.

The blaze broke out at Zeno Marshall Used Cars and Trucks at about 9 a.m. Piles of burnt debris and scrap metal are all that remain of the garage that Zeno Marshall has been running for nearly 50 years.

"We sure didn't like it but life don't go in a straight line and things will happen," said Marshall. "And this is just a very very freak thing that happened."

Marshall said a worker was cutting a gas tank out of a car with some bolt cutters when the tank fell on the ground. Gas leaked from a rust hole in the tank and caught on fire.

Fire officials estimate the damage at around $300,000. Marshall said he didn't have insurance.

"It's just too high, and I never dreamed that this freak thing could or would happen," said Marshall

That's a situation insurance agents said it's not an uncommon decision.

"In a lot of cases, it's an individual choice," said Dan Loggins, a State Farm Agent. "Am I going to self-insure or am I going to transfer that risk to an insurance company by buying a policy."

Loggins encourages everyone to keep in mind, the expense versus the risk.

"Businesses or families need to consider the risks that they face in everyday life," said Marshall. "How they're going to recover from unexpected things and how they're going to plan for the future."

While Marshall plans to rebuild the structure, he still hasn't changed his mind about buying insurance. "I'll take a chance again," said Marshall.

No one was hurt in the fire. Marshall said while the garage is gone, he is still selling vehicles.

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