Metro-East News

Dozens of antique cars damaged in massive Staunton fire

More than 100 antique vehicles were damaged by a massive fire sweeping through a classic car dealership in Staunton Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press.

Staunton Fire Protection District Chief Rick Haase told AP that around a third of the Country Classic Cars’ showroom and warehouse was engulfed in flames as crews from 13 departments fought the blaze. Most of those crews brought water, because the rural area the business was in didn’t have access to any.

Around 150 classic cars, worth millions of dollars, were damaged in the blaze, owner Russ Noel told AP.

During the blaze, locals gathered on a highway overpass near Country Classic Cars to watch the fire, which lasted about three hours, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Investigators had not identified a cause for the fire Wednesday, but they believe it started in the center of the building. The blaze didn’t spread to four other showrooms the business operates.