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High-end auto repair shop turned into charred mess in Northeast Portland fire

Last year Consumer Affairs received 1,210 consumer complaints about car sales and auto repair more than any other consumer complaint categorwith most auto repair complaints from consumers who allege the repair shop performed unnecessary work or for work that was not performed. We conducted these undercover investigations in response to very real concerns raised by consumers about the honesty of some auto mechanics in New Jersey, Eric T. Kanefsky, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, said in a statement. Fortunately, the majority of companies acted with honesty and integrity. Investigators posed as consumers who wanted their vehicles oil changed and wanted mechanics to confirm whether their vehicles needed any other maintenance work or repairs. The state retained an independent automobile inspection firm to check the vehicles before and after they were seen by mechanics to verify any specific repairs the vehicles may have needed, and whether the work charged for had been done. Two of the shops allegedly recommended, performed, and charged hundreds of dollars for repairs that were not necessary, Consumer Affairs said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Fire destroys auto repair shop in NE Portland

The commercial fire started around 9:30 p.m. at German Formula Inc., located at 100 NE 11th Avenue. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

No one was injured and the fire was contained to the shop. Investigators combed through the charred wreckage on Monday with the help of Lila, a dog trained to detect accelerants. Chatman said they're still trying to determine what caused the blaze and estimate the damage. The fire seared off the roof of the masonry building and turned the inside into a charred mess of twisted car parts and carcasses of blackened metal. Ralf Leopold, a German native who specializes in fixing high-end German imports, owns the shop. He could not be reached for comment. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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