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Vintage car collection destroyed in blaze

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09 Nov 2014
A fire sparked by welding equipment has destroyed a collection of vintage cars in Sunshine.

Fire crews were called to the property on Hampton Avenue at 12.14pm on Sunday 9 November.

The fire involved a panel-beating business with 10 cars located inside a large shed.

The owner, aged in his 60s, was using welding equipment when the fire started.  He noticed a fire burning behind him that had apparently been started by sparks from his welding torch.  The fire rapidly grew in intensity and the man was lucky to get out without injury.

His 10m x 20m iron clad shed was extensively damaged along with all of the cars and equipment.   One of the cars was a collector’s edition Commodore of which only 50 are reportedly left in Australia.

Although unable to save the shed or the cars, firefighters did manage to save a single-storey weatherboard house located only two to three metres away.

Black smoke blanketed the area and was slowly moving northwards.  A community warning was issued for the residential area north of Wright St in Sunshine to keep their windows and doors closed. 

A family member who arrived home at the height of the blaze collapsed.   She was displaying stroke-like symptoms and was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

The fire took just over half an hour to bring under control.  The damage bill has been estimated at between $250,000 and $300,000.

Pumpers:  5
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1


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