200 cars dam­aged – in­clud­ing Bent­leys, Rolls-Royces and As­tons

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Theo Ford- Sagers

A ve­hi­cle restora­tion busi­ness is hop­ing to re­build it­self from the ashes af­ter its en­tire premises were oblit­er­ated overnight in a mas­sive fire.

Alex and Faye Morse es­caped the flames with their three chil­dren af­ter their 14-year-old son Bono alerted them to the fire.

Nor­folk-based A and F Clas­sics lost at least £3 mil­lion worth of ve­hi­cles in the blaze, which they be­lieve was caused by a faulty elec­tric me­ter.

There were no in­juries, but the list of dam­age makes for grim read­ing. The fire dev­as­tated the fam­ily’s bun­ga­low, as well as the premises of the com­pany, which can trace its ori­gins back to the 1960s.

‘ We lost the build­ings, the cars, the tools, the home we lived in – every­thing,’ Alex Morse tells CCW. ‘ We had Pan­hard Levas­sors, a Rolls-Royce Phan­tom I, Rolls-Royce Twenty, Maserati 3500 GT, Maserati Indy, two 1959 Mercedes 190SLs, even a 1935 Arm­strong Sid­de­ley Sap­phire that be­longed to for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmil­lan.’

In a painful stroke of irony, only weeks be­fore the blaze the busi­ness had re­turned a newly-re­stored 1939 Den­nis Mur­ray fire en­gine to one of its cus­tomers. The fam­ily now hopes to re­build A and F Clas­sics in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion near Dere­ham and hold on to its two em­ploy­ees. ‘ We just don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen at the mo­ment,’ says Mr Morse. ‘My pri­or­ity is to sort my fam­ily out with some­where to live, then we’ll level the site and hope­fully put a new build­ing up. We cer­tainly hope to keep the same cus­tomers as be­fore.’

A po­lice spokesper­son says: ‘Fire­fight­ers man­aged to save the fam­ily’s 10 dogs and are still try­ing to de­ter­mine the root of the fire.’

A crowd­fund­ing page has been set up with the aim of rais­ing £20,000 to help the fam­ily. If you’re in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing, visit­sics

‘ We lost the cars, the build­ings, the tools, the home we lived in – every­thing’ ALEX MORSE OF A AND F CLAS­SICS

This was the scene of to­tal dev­as­ta­tion faced by the Morse fam­ily af­ter the blaze at A and F Clas­sics on Au­gust 10.

An As­ton Martin DB6 was among the mas­sive fire’s au­to­mo­tive vic­tims.

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