This is any auto enthusiast’s worst nightmare; however, a huge fire broke out recently in Ellenville, New York on an HBO set, damaging dozens of 1990 trucks and cars, including Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes. The vehicles were among 27 vintage models Jamie Kitman, Automobile Magazine New York bureau chief, supplied to HBO via a car-film company in which he owns separately. Thankfully, no one was injured during the fire, but many autos have been damaged during the blaze.
While the exact number of cars that burnt down is unknown as of yet, general manager for the 613 Automotive Group, Chris Busby, did comment saying that “nothing” was left. He also noted that around a dozen cars were destroyed, as well as the dealership buildings within. The blaze also claimed film equipment and cameras. As per a report, the fire seems to have started in a showroom building, and damages involved in the incident are creeping upward towards the “millions”. Thank goodness for insurance … huh?
Motor Trend advised that the loss seems to include a number of Camaros, Corvettes, a C1500 pickup (in mint condition), a 454 SS truck, as well as a 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car edition, with super-low mileage. The used-car 613 Automotive Group dealership was donned as a Chevrolet/Pontiac/Isuzu/Oldsmobile store for a miniseries set to air on HBO, starring actress Juliette Lewis and actor Mark Ruffalo. The show is based on the 1998 best-selling novel I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb. The story (partially) takes place during an October in 1990.
The blaze hit at about quarter-to-one in the morning on Thursday, May 9th, with the investigation ongoing at this point in time.
Here’s hoping either the culprit around the fire is found, or a reasoning behind the blaze is determined and soon.