Owner of auto shop destroyed by fire: 'That shop was literally everything we have'

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(Source: Mike Smalley Jr.) (Source: Mike Smalley Jr.)
Harold's Transmissions near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road had called Arizona home and been in business for more than 40 years.  A week ago, wind-whipped flames burned it all to the ground. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Harold's Transmissions near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road had called Arizona home and been in business for more than 40 years.  A week ago, wind-whipped flames burned it all to the ground. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The owner of a south Phoenix auto shop and his son spoke Wednesday about the fire that destroyed their family-owned business.

Harold's Transmissions near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road had called Arizona home and been in business for more than 40 years. A week ago, wind-whipped flames burned it all to the ground.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Firefighters battle wind-fueled fire at Phoenix transmission shop]

A total of 12 customer cars were destroyed, too.

"It's devastating," Mike Smalley Sr. said. "It still is. It just hurts. We don't have a savings account or anything this was our livelihood, our income."

[SLIDESHOW: Big fire erupts at transmission shop in Phoenix]

At this point, investigators have not released the cause of the fire.

The Smalley family is not sure what to do next.

A family member has started a GoFundMe account to help the family get back on their feet.


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