Joel’s Tire Repair, located to the rear of 703 W. Philadelphia St., was destroyed by a warehouse fire that spread to several buildings on Thursday,
Joel's Tire Repair, located to the rear of 703 W. Philadelphia St., was destroyed by a warehouse fire that spread to several buildings on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Liz Evans Scolforo)

Joel Bermudez-Brito stood silently in front of the burned-out shell of his business, Joel's Tire Repair and Basic Mechanic, destroyed by Thursday morning's three-alarm blaze at a boarded-up warehouse on West Philadelphia Street.

The mechanic said he lost pretty much everything when flames spread from the warehouse to his shop, located at the rear of 703 W. Philadelphia St.

His Jeep and tow truck were destroyed. His tire machine and inspection module were destroyed. So were a large number of tires and tools, he said.

Bermudez-Brito said a neighbor called him about 1 a.m. Thursday to alert him to the massive blaze, and he rushed over.

But by then it was too late to salvage anything inside the repair shop, he said.

Bermudez-Brito, whom neighbors described as a good man and a good mechanic, said he will be OK.

The York man said he's insured.

He has not yet decided whether to reopen his shop.

"Maybe," he said.

Heat from the blaze even melted the front hood of a customer's car, which was parked outside, he said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.