Ford Con­sul, Dat­sun 240Z and £90k Alvis TC 21 go up in flames – full story and pictures of the dam­aged cars in­side

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M ore than £200,000 worth of clas­sic cars have been dam­aged in a fire at a set of garages in Dorset.

The col­lec­tion of 15 ve­hi­cles – in­clud­ing an MG Mid­get, Re­nault 4, Ford Con­sul and Alvis TC 21 – was dam­aged in the blaze in Win­ter­bourne Ab­bas. The cars be­long to sev­eral clas­sic en­thu­si­asts who were rent­ing the units to store their classics over the win­ter pe­riod. Dorset and Wilt­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice ad­mits: ‘The fire’s cause has been clas­si­fied as un­de­ter­mined. Be­cause of the ex­tent of the fire, there is not enough ev­i­dence to con­firm how it started.’ An on­line crowd­fund­ing ef­fort to raise money for the vic­tims has now been started.

C las­sic cars worth more than £200,000 have been dam­aged in a blaze in Dorset. The set of lock-up build­ings burned down late last month, along with 15 clas­sic cars stored in them. The cost of the dam­age is thought to be in the re­gion of £200,000, in­clud­ing the clas­sic cars, tools, parts, and mem­o­ra­bilia.

The garage units, which are lo­cated Win­ter­bourne Ab­bas, Dorset, are pri­vately owned and were rented out to sev­eral clas­sic en­thu­si­asts.

The force of the blaze was so in­tense that the west­bound A35 near the junc­tion of the B3159 was closed for nearly six hours. At the height of the fire, eight fire crews com­pris­ing of around 45 fire­fight­ers were tack­ling the blaze. 73 prop­er­ties went with­out elec­tric­ity for two hours. Of the six units af­fected by the fire, two have been com­pletely de­stroyed, with the re­main­ing four badly dam­aged.

Most of the cars in the fire were se­verely dam­aged. These in­clude an Alvis TC 21 thought to be worth at least £90,000, a Dat­sun 240Z, an MG Mid­get, a Ford 100E and sev­eral mo­tor­cy­cles.

But one man has taken it upon him­self to do some­thing for the vic­tims.

Lo­cal clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast Peter Davis vis­ited the site of the blaze as soon as he heard about it. He says: ‘I burst into tears when I saw it. It was like a war zone – I saw a woman who was cry­ing her eyes out.

‘I was ab­so­lutely mor­ti­fied; the fire was so bad. Cars, mo­tor­cy­cles, tools, tro­phies, mem­o­ra­bilia, mag­a­zine clip­pings – they were all ei­ther dam­aged or de­stroyed. ‘I didn’t know these peo­ple par­tic­u­larly well, but it’s right on my doorstep and I knew I had to do some­thing. So I went in my garage, re­moved all of my tools and gave them to the peo­ple af­fected. Tools, benches, the lot.

‘These are decent, hon­est peo­ple who have been af­fected – it’s ter­ri­bly sad.’

Dorset and Wilt­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokesman Matt Brown says: ‘The fire’s cause has been clas­si­fied as un­de­ter­mined. Be­cause of the ex­tent of the fire, there is not enough ev­i­dence to con­firm ex­actly how it started.’

Paula Roberts from Dorset Po­lice adds: ‘There have been no ar­rests re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.’

Since the fire, kind-hearted Peter has set up a Just Giv­ing web­site for peo­ple to do­nate money to. The aim is to raise £2000 for the peo­ple af­fected, so they can re­place some of the tools lost in the fire.

Clas­sic car parts, mo­tor­cy­cles and mem­o­rablia were all de­stroyed in the blaze.

This Ford Con­sul MkII one of the 15 cars dam­aged in the fire at the Dorset garages.

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