Courtesy Bruce Wilson

The fire marshal says a fire that destroyed a building near Kearney and Elizabeth in north Springfield remains under investigation.

The fire marshal says it’s unclear how the fire started.

The Springfield Fire Department spent about 30-minutes fighting the fire Monday morning.

The fire marshal says the building, which once housed an auto trim business, had been vacant for a while.

The owner moved his business to another location next door.

At least one person told the fire marshal that people had been seen going in and out of the empty building at times.

Original Story:

A business in Springfield appears to be a total loss after a large fire on Kearney west of Kansas Expressway.

Crews were called about a fire late Monday morning at a business near Kearney and Elizabeth Ave.

Firefighters fought the flames for about a half an hour.

Crews reported the fire was  out around 11:30AM.

Crews from multiple agencies were called in to help.

Witnesses say the business was a used tire shop, and used to be an upholstery shop.

Smoke could be seen as far away as the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

No word yet on any injuries or what started the flames.

A fire marshal will be investigating the scene.