Approximately 50 vintage cars, including 1990s Chevy Corvette and Camaros at the 613 Automotive facility in Ellenville, New York have been destroyed by a blaze. The dealership was being used as a location to film a new HBO mini-series starring Mark Ruffalo, ABC7 News reports.
Fire at the used car dealership broke out at approximately 1 a.m. on Friday morning. A number of classic cars were reportedly brought into the facility to shoot I Know This Much Is True and as many as 27 of the vehicles destroyed are thought to have been vintage Chevrolets.
Authorities have yet to conclude what started the blaze and are continuing to investigate but they believe the fire was accidental. The vehicles ruined in the inferno were all brought in by HBO for filming with the vehicles owned by the dealership itself having previously been moved off-site.
In a statement, HBO said that it has temporarily suspended production of I Know This Much Is True after the fire.
“A fire took place last night at a location for HBO’s limited series I Know This Much Is True. Filming had concluded earlier in the evening and no one involved was injured. The fire is currently under investigation. We have temporarily suspended production and we expect to resume shortly.”
Speaking with local media, dealership owner Levi Hecht said that he plans to rebuild the dealership. “Everyone in Ellenville was excited about it. Everybody was driving by and commenting, positive. It was bringing the life back to Ellenville.”
HBO’s I Know This Much Is True is a six-episode series based on a novel by Wally Lam which stars two brothers, one of who has paranoid schizophrenia.