Nobody was injured Wednesday afternoon in a shop fire on the north side of Casper.

Two people were in the building near Bryan Stock Trail and Metro Road when the fire broke out, but the shop was successfully evacuated, a Casper Fire-EMS spokesman said at the scene. The building was destroyed.

Dane Andersen, whose gloves were frozen stiff by errant water and near-zero temperatures, said the blaze was visible to firefighters as far away as 12th and Beverly streets. When firefighters from the Natrona County Fire Protection District, Evansville Fire Department and Casper Fire-EMS arrived, the building’s roof was collapsing and propane tanks were venting, making entrance dangerous.

Instead, firefighters surrounded and drowned the fire, Andersen said.

Brian Stock Trail was still closed by police and sheriff’s vehicles at 2:30 p.m., a half hour after firefighters had been on the scene.

Water ran downhill on the road’s shoulder, forming brown rivulets in the snow. In some sections of the road, water pooled behind hoses and froze.

The two people present in the building at the time the fire broke out were led into a firetruck where they remained for warmth.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Shortly before the Bryan Stock Trail fire, Casper firefighters drenched a house fire on North Melrose Street. Andersen said two people were in the house when the basement fire broke out. They escaped through the back of the building before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

Star-Tribune photographer Josh Galemore contributed to this report.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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