Restored cars at Seend all go up in smoke
7:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Latest News
Six fire crews tackled a blaze that caused almost £20,000 worth of damage to a mechanic’s workshop in Seend last Friday.
Three cars that owner Christopher Wills, of Devizes, had spent four years restoring were destroyed in the fire.
The father-of-two, 31, said: “I found out on Friday afternoon that it was ablaze and went straight down there after work, but wasn’t allowed anywhere near it.
“I know one of the firefighters from Devizes and I asked him what was going on.
“He gave me a consoling hug and said there was nothing left. At first it didn’t compute, but when we went down there on Saturday to see the aftermath there was total devastation.
“It’s close to £20,000 that I have lost, with the cars and all my tools.
“I’ve spent years working on this; at least three nights every week. It was going to provide a nestegg for the kids.”
The cars destroyed included a one-of-a-kind right-hand drive Peugeot Gutmann Turbo and his family’s Mitsubishi Delica, which was undergoing repairs.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it is believed to have started accidentally in a nearby parked car, then spread to the three nearby industrial units at about 2.30pm.
The building contained a number of acetylene, propane and argon cylinders.
A safety cordon was put in place and the nearby Kennet and Avon canal towpath was closed for more than seven hours.
Mr Wills’s friends and relatives have rallied round him, setting up an online donations page to help him get back on his feet.
He said: “The donations are amazing. It shows that people care a lot.
“I want to try to get some more tools and get back on my feet, but it’s hard to think about that at the moment.”
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