SONOMA COUNTY — A one-alarm fire Friday night did about $1 million in damage at a vintage car restoration shop in unincorporated Sonoma County, officials with the Central Fire Authority of Sonoma County said Saturday.
Firefighters were dispatched at 9:07 p.m. to Stokes Ranch at 5525 Old Redwood Highway where the fire consumed 14 vintage cars and 60 percent of a 12,000 square feet shop.READ MORE: Oakland Police Seize Flamethrower, Drugs, Cash In Illegal Casino Bust
The fire was under control at 10:22 p.m. The cause and origin is under investigation, fire authority Battalion Chief Ron Busch said.READ MORE: 65-Year-Old Man Critically Injured In San Francisco Assault, Robbery
“It was pretty disheartening,” said owner Fred Stoke in an interview with the Press Democrat. The 80-year-old has devoted most of his life to restore classic cars. His favorites are 1930s Fords and 1960s Mustangs.
The burned cars include a 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster, a car that TV host/car collector Jay Leno called, “the most iconic hot rod of all time.”MORE NEWS: Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison For Horrific Box Cutter Attack on Elderly Victim in Concord
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