C3 Corvette Torched in Suspicious Chicago Garage Fire


A dark red 1975 Corvette coupe was one of the victims of a six-garage fire during the night Tuesday in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.

The police Bomb & Arson Unit is investigating the fire, but say no proof of arson has been uncovered yet.

Before being quickly put out, the fire damaged two other vehicles, a convertible and a Ford Explorer.

Corvette owner Ty Hanson told reporters that he has been restoring his vintage car for more than 15 years. Photos on the Chicago Sun-Times website show what appears to be paint bubbling off most of the back of the Corvette, apparently from the heat, but we couldn’t tell the extent of the damage overall, especially to the front of the car.

Hanson is just glad no one was hurt in the blaze. “That’s the important thing,” he said.

Authorities say the fire started around midnight Tuesday at a garage near Farragut and Ashland avenues, then spread quickly to five other garages.

One resident on the block told NBCChicago that he heard a bang around midnight, then saw his neighbor’s garage in flames.

The fire completely destroyed the garage where it started, and four lines were used to quickly extinguish the blaze, which also knocked out cable and Internet services for blocks around and caused siding to slide off the backs of nearby homes.


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