STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – With smoke being seen miles away — firefighters battle a fire at the Buff Whelan Chevrolet dealership Tuesday night.

buffwhelanfire 3 barthold Firefighters Battle Blaze At Buff Whelan Chevy Dealership In Sterling Heights

A large crowd gathered as smoke billowed from Buff Whelan Chevy in Sterling Heights. (WWJ/Lauren Barthold)

Sterling Heights Fire Department describing the blaze on Van Dyke as a three-alarm fire.

According to Fire Chief Chris Martin, a large portion of the service area of the building is on fire, including a number of vehicles.

Martin reports the fire departments of six surrounding cities are on the scene assisting firefighters.

The fire may have started when a cleaning crew using a floor buffer came in contact with liquids leaking out of a vehicle. The body shop, equipment and cars are destroyed.

An investigation into the cause continues — authorities say clean-up will take a while.

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