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Fire that destroyed commercial building in Brighton started in auto body shop

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- A large commercial building in Brighton was boarded up on Saturday after it burned for several hours Friday.

Several nearby residents had to be evacuated as the fire grew Friday afternoon. It began at about 3:45 p.m. in the 300 block of North Main Street.

"The building includes a market, hair salon and auto body shop. Multiple flammables were inside the building causing explosions, so crews were unable to enter and worked the fire from the exterior," a statement from Brighton Fire Rescue said.

The businesses were destroyed.

Officials determined the fire started while workers were servicing an SUV in the auto body shop.

Fire crews were still working on putting out hot spots late Friday night. The businesses were destroyed.

Smoke from the fire in the northeast part of metro Denver could be seen from several miles away.

Brighton Fire Rescue said it was one large building and everyone got out of the building unharmed.

According to an official with Brighton Fire, the fire was most likely caused by welding work being done on an SUV in the auto body shop located in the building.

There were loud bangs taking place inside the building. Spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos provided this update just before 5 p.m. in which you can hear a big bang:

The South Adams, Fort Lupton, North Metro and Hudson fire departments responded to help fight the fire.