A red C5 Corvette convertible was among the prized collectibles destroyed by a fire at a metal building in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend.
Robert Johnson said he spotted flames shooting out of the building along North Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road but was unable to keep the collection of vintage cars and trucks from going up in smoke.
“77 years old and everything is gone … or almost,” Johnson told ABC6 News reporter Rob Wells.
Among the vehicles destroyed were a 1957 Chevrolet truck, a 1966 Hertz Shelby Mustang, and what looks like a C3 convertible. A preliminary estimate placed the value of the damage at $300,000.
Jefferson Township fire investigator Chad Mast said he’s trying to determine the cause and origin of the fire but remains unsure how it started.
The building housed a collection of vehicles owned by a group of guys who like to work on them, Wells reported. “One man told me you can’t put a price tag on what was lost here today,” Wells said. “He said he spent five years just restoring one of the cars inside – now it’s completely destroyed.”
The C5 convertible was near a roll-up door and based on images from the scene could possibly be restored, though with current values in the low double-digits, it might not be worthwhile financially.
Johnson said several parts and accessories for the vehicles were either damaged or destroyed by the fire.
“That’s life,” he said.
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