A fire at a Chevrolet dealership in Jasper, Ala., left one employee dead, three critically injured and one with minor wounds.
The men were working in the service department of the dealership when a flash fire broke out Monday around 5:30 p.m, burning the victims.
The fire took the life of Jake Jennings, team leader of the Express Lube department at Carl Cannon Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC, according to officials from the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office. A local newspaper reported Jennings was 39.
"Jake was an amazing employee," the dealership wrote on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. "A big jolly guy whose sense of humor was only matched by his work ethic."
The city's mayor David O'Mary said workers were using flammable solvent to clean in an oil change area when"something ignited," The Daily Mountain Eagle reported. "Those vapors created a fire bomb in that pit," O'Mary added.
The Jasper fire department did not respond to calls for comment.
"Our team on the ground had been in contact with the dealership," Chevrolet said in an e-mailed statement. "There is a lot we don't know about this terrible accident. Our hearts go out to all of the families involved."
Alabama State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen told The Daily Mountain Eagle: "We're not at a point right now where we're going to say anything in regard to what we think may have led to what happened. We're going to let the investigative process run its course."
Carl Cannon Chevrolet could not be reached for comment, but wrote in a Facebook post that investigations are ongoing and the cause of the fire has not been determined yet, adding "we all want nothing more than to understand what happened and why."