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Fire Destroys Classic Cars Workshop, Vehicles Inside

 Wednesday, September 8, 2021

 Traverse City Record Eagle

Fire destroyed a garage complex in East Bay Township that was part of a classic car restoration shop, and about a dozen cars inside.

The blaze broke out sometime before 6:50 a.m. Sunday when smoke and heat sensors tripped a fire alarm at the Supply Road location, Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker said.

Responders arrived to find flames engulfing half the complex, a small garage and breezeway, and spreading to the rest, a large pole barn.

Smoke was still wafting from the ruins just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and Parker said the department would stay for another hour to drown remaining hot spots. No one was injured, Parker said.

Fire destroyed not only the workshop but around 12 classic cars parked inside, Parker said. Firefighters were able to save a few, but some of those that were destroyed were one-of-a-kind.