50 Studebaker cars among items destroyed in Chesnee fire
Smoke rises from the charred remains of a Studebaker after a fire in Chesnee. (Feb. 6, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CHESNEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A fire at a classic car shop in Chesnee on Wednesday afternoon destroyed, among other things, 50 Studebaker cars.
The fire happened about noon at 417 Studebaker Rd.
Cherokee Creek Fire Capt. Billy Bishop said firefighters arrived to find one of the sheds on the property collapsed and a tour bus ablaze. He said eventually two of the three buildings at the scene collapsed, making it difficult to extinguish the fire.
Bishop said neighbors reported hearing several explosions, which were likely caused by tires or welding tanks at the shop.
David Walker, who owns the shop, said he was working on a car and had gone inside for a bit. He said a catalytic converter on the car caught some nearby by grass on fire, which quickly spread to the other buildings.
Walker's son, Travis, said he was thankful no one was injured in the blaze.
"It was my dad's passion, you know," Travis Walker said. "It's all kind of gone up in smoke, more or less."
In addition to the 50 classic cars, David Walker said 20 motorcycles, a camper and a tour bus were destroyed.
Bishop said firefighters are investigating the cause.
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