San Bruno auto-repair shops now in tiptop shape

Though most of the city’s 100 auto body and repair shops — hot spots for fire hazards — did not meet state health and safety requirements after an inspection this spring, all but one of the establishments has brought their shop up to code since then, according to a Fire Department inspection report.

The auto-body and auto-repair facilities in the city, concentrated in and around Montgomery and San Mateo avenues, have concerned fire officials since major fires in 2003 and 2004 gutted two repair facilities. Total losses in the major fires exceeded $1.6 million.

“These businesses can be higher risk for fire,” fire Chief Dan Voreyer said. “They store batteries, tires, they use torches, spray paint — they can be quite dangerous if not up to code.”

Voreyer said the first annual inspection of auto-body and auto-repair shops, which was presented to the City Council on Tuesday, found that only three of the 100 inspected facilities passed the initial inspection. The remaining businesses were given 30 days to complete the repairs and obtain the necessary permits — which include permits for operating some of the heavy machinery used by the businesses.

By the time the final inspection rolled around, 99 of the shops were up to code. The Fire Department declined to name the lone remaining shop that did not pass.

The Fire Department added auto-body and auto-repair shops to its list of annual inspections for health and safety compliance that already included restaurants and bars. Restaurant and bar inspections started in 2006, Voreyer said.

Inspectors searched for things including exit requirements, on-hand fire protection equipment, safe use of outlets and the proper special-use permits for machinery, such as spray booths used in touch-up work.

Most businesses were cooperative with the inspections, Voreyer said.

Michalangeo Marcantonio, owner of Unique Custom Auto Body and Detailing on Montgomery Avenue, said the only upgrade he had to make was to his sprinkler system. The 22-year owner of the business, which relocated to the Montgomery Avenue location approximately one year ago, said the inspections were welcomed, particularly in light of the fires that wiped out similar businesses in the area.

“I didn’t have to do much,” Marcantonio said. “It’s better to take care of this stuff now instead of waiting until it’s too late.”

tramroop@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocalPeninsula

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A Recology employee stands at the comapany’s recycling facility on Pier 96 in 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery

A second former Recology executive is facing charges for allegedly bribing ex-Public… Continue reading

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City College classes for English learners jeopardized by cutbacks

English learners and their supporters called for financial support from The City… Continue reading

Kiana Williams
Stanford’s Kiana Williams drafted by WNBA champion Seattle Storm

Kiana Williams is going from one championship team to another. A senior… Continue reading

Talika Fletcher, sister of Roger Allen, is consoled at a vigil to honor her brother, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supporters march for SF man killed by Daly City police

Struggle over fake gun ends in shooting of 44-year-old Roger Allen, DA says

Syd Mandelbaum created the home run tracker, which revolutionized statistics in major league sports. (Courtesy photo)
Home run tracker, with roots at Candlestick Park, marks 30 years

When Giants first baseman Brandon Belt slugged a solo home run in… Continue reading

Most Read