classic car destroyed in 'deliberate' fire near Burnham-On-Sea
91 year-old classic car worth up to £20,000 has been destroyed
in a deliberate blaze near Burnham-On-Sea.
Anderson, owner of the 1927 Chevrolet Saloon AA, says he is "devastated"
by the loss of the vehicle during a 5.30am break-in and fire at
Darkside Customs in the village of Tarnock outside Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (June 23rd).
thieves stole a large quantity of tools and then set fire to the
property, with Paul's vehicle left badly damaged, as pictured above.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Paul said: "The car has been completely
burnt out - it's devastating to see it like this, considering the
huge amounts of time that have been put in to restore it and keep
it in top condition."
thieves broke into the workshop to steal tools and then set the
place alight, presumably to destroy any evidence, and they burned
down the office and workshop where my car was parked."
was in immaculate condition and the last time it was photographed
was in Burnham-On-Sea at the end of the Vale Of Avalon Vintage Run
earlier this month."
took the photo below of the vehicle with Paul during the seafront event.
added: "The car has been in the family for 12 years, with my
in-laws initially and then when my father-in-law died I bought it.
I have spent many months of work on keeping it up together."
heart-broken and gutted that someone would do this, just to steal
some tools from the workshop. The children were in tears today when
I told him what had happened."
added: "The Police have been informed, but they said that they
were too tied up with other jobs to come to us today. Hopefully
the culprits will be found."
though, a lot of the parts for a car like this cannot easily be
found for repairs. I would have to go back to 1927 to get them."
appliances from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Taunton were called
out at 5.38am on Saturday morning to tackle the blaze.
incident involved one workshop measuring 10m x 20m square meters
of stone and asbestos sheeting construction," said a fire spokesperson.
was 25% fire damage involving a small office and one vehicle within
crews isolated electrics and extinguished the fire using two breathing
apparatus wearers, one hosereel jet, one safety jet and a thermal
image camera to check for hotspots."
crews carried out safety procedures regarding asbestos and decontamination."