QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - The Ridge Road Car Care in Queensbury was scene of an early morning fire on Wednesday.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the fire started at the auto shop around 2:15 a.m. destroying the building and vehicles on scene. The fire was put out around 6:20 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Bay Ridge Assistant Fire Chief Charles Mellon says it took 15 fire departments to put out the flames.
"Just a terrible feeling in my gut that my baby was gone," said customer Bob Rudolph.
Rudolph felt that awful feeling in his gut when he drove by Ridge Road Car Care to see his car completely destroyed by the fire.
"It was a 1967 Mustang, fully restored. Beautiful shape," said Rudolph.
State fire and Warren County fire investigators took photos up high from this ladder truck, and sorted through the charred remnants of cars. Rudolph remembered the years he spent restoring his now burned '67 mustang.
"The cost of restoration probably far exceeds the value you would have at the end of the day,"said Rudolph.
According Asst. Chief Mellon 19 vehicles were damaged in the fire. Rudolph says his baby is irreplaceable.
"Just going for the cruises driving around we enjoyed that car for a long time," said Rudolph.
Ron Keays, a mechanic at the shop, says there were some classics that got ruined in the fire.
"There was a newer Bentley and 05 or 06 Bentley. A 48 Dump truck. A 67 mustang really nice," said Keays.
Although the loss for Keays was more than just the cars and the shop, for him it was a devastating blow to realize he is now unemployed.
"Work. I need to work and I'm not going to be able to," said Keays.
Asst. Chief Mellon says no one was injured, and that the cause of the fire will not be known for a few days.
The owner of Ridge Road Car Care says he has insurance and plans to rebuild.
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