BOISE -- Firefighters helped extinguish a potentially dangerous fire at a Boise automotive shop Tuesday morning.

That's because a 55-gallon drum of methanol -- an industrial alcohol used in antifreeze and other solvents -- sparked and caused the shop's employees to evacuate.

The fiery accident happened at Einstein's Oilery at 8488 West Overland Road shortly before 9 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they evacuated employees and quickly extinguished the flames.

Battalion Chief Steve Rasulo said the business could easily have sustained major damage.

The products that they store there both in 55-gallon drums and in smaller quantity -- gallons and quarts -- have a real potential to create a fairly significant amount of fire, Rasulo said. We have had fires in these types of facilities before that have been much more serious in nature, but thankfully, this one was contained to just that barrel.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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