Over 150 Classic Cars Destroyed After Illinois Dealer Fire

More than 150 classic cars have been destroyed by a huge fire in Staunton, Illinois.

On Tuesday evening, firefighters in the area responded to calls of a blaze at County Classic Cars and by the time they arrived, parts of the warehouse and showroom were already engulfed in flames, The Telegraph reports.

According to Staunton Fire Protection District chief Rick Haase, approximately 90 to 100 firefighters from 13 different departments responded to the blaze. However, attempts to control the inferno were hampered by the fact that the nearest fire hydrant was located about a mile away, forcing 15-20 tankers to run between the hydrant and the blaze for hours.

“Once we eventually lost that water supply we were playing catch up for the rest of the night. “It eventually spread to the entire building. It had such a head start on us when we got there,” Haase explained.

Fire crews managed to control the fire by 10:30 pm but by then, most of the facility had been destroyed. According to Haase, one of the contributing factors for the intensity and speed of the fire was the fact that the large warehouse was constructed predominantly from wood and that there were no fire stops within.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire but say even figuring out where the blaze started will be a challenge.

PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO

  • Blade t

    Hopefully they have good insurance….

    • Jay

      Even with that I’m sure some of these are irreplaceable. Truly a shame..

      • Infinite1

        Completely irreplaceable.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    what a shame

  • Shane

    The place had a lot of cheaper classics that would be fun cars to drive but they weren’t full restorations or super high dollar cars. Most could be had for like 10 grand but still sucks to lose that many classics. Guess everything in Illinois is going up in smoke.

  • Classic Bob

    Simply sad to see so many irreplacable classics destroyed… 🙁

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    sorrow.

  • psiqtas

    God damn what a loss…but the plowing Bronco survives!

Bespoke 1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Thinks It’s Worth Almost $45K

This ’68 Coupe DeVille was built as a show car with many custom parts and was featured at the 2016 SEMA.

2019 Renault Kadjar Makes It To Australia With 157 HP 1.3L Turbo Four

Order books for the facelifted Kadjar have opened Down Under, with prices starting at AUD $29,990.

Fire Truck Rolls During School Demonstration While Making Sharp Turn

Five firefighters were onboard the vehicle when it rolled over and, although they were taken to the hospital, they were soon released.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Drives Through A Mall Causing Chaos And Destruction

The driver was taken into custody, but there’s no word on a motive.

Audi To Offer 30 Electrified Models By 2025, Including 20 EVs

Audi will also continue to develop conventional engines, but they’ll be mild-hybrid units.

AAA Says Owning A New Car Costs You Over $9,200 Per Year

The survey, which excluded high-end models, found out that the biggest ownership cost of a new car is depreciation, averaging over $3,300 a year.

Bugatti’s Second Model Slated To Be A High-Riding Four-Seater With Off-Road Capability

The upcoming crossover could cost around $1 million.

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra will battle for the title of North American Car of the year.

Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing setback in their attempt to beat Porsche’s lap record.

Tesla Model 3 Aces IIHS Safety Tests, Nabs Top Safety Pick+ Award

After the Audi E-Tron, the Model 3 has become the second all-electric vehicle to be awarded the highest rating by the American safety institute.