Classic Cars Worth Millions Destroyed by Fire in Illinois

August 11, 2017

Dozens of antique vehicles were destroyed when a fire swept through a garage outside the southern Illinois community of Staunton.

Staunton Fire Protection District Chief Rick Haase says about a third of the building that served as Country Classic Cars’ showroom and warehouse was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived late Tuesday.

Firefighters from 13 departments tackled the blaze. Haase says the majority of the personnel were used to shuttle water to the site, which had no access to fire hydrants due to its rural location.

Business owner Russ Noel estimates about 150 classic cars likely worth millions were damaged.

Investigators with the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office were on scene Wednesday to look into the cause of the blaze. Haase says determining the origin of fires in a single large room is difficult.

Latest Comments

  • August 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    Bad Car Parents says:
    Appears to be many beautiful older cars crammed into a NON-SPRINKLERED building. They were sitting ducks. Irresponsible.
  • August 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    jtownagent says:
    My largest risk with Hagerty has all of the cars stored in a single building...... all in a high hazard flood zone. No underwriting question about "what is the flood zone of t... read more
  • August 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    I love classic cars says:
    Was it Hagerty's coverage? I'm surprised they would be that loose with something valued so high - oh wait you said Hagerty. Never mind....
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