A fire on the set of a new HBO television series destroyed several vintage General Motors vehicles owned by a film car company.
HBO is currently adapting the Wally Lamb book This Much I Know is True into a miniseries, which takes place in 1990. One scene required the network to build a period- correct Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Isuzu dealership in Ellenville, New York, which was complete with many GM vehicles and other accurate props like paperwork and furniture. A major fire then somehow broke out on the set at 12:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, completely destroying the mock dealership and, tragically, almost all the cars.
All told, 12 cars owned by the film car company were destroyed. According to Autoblog, these included a several third-generation Camaros and several Corvettes, a low-mile 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car edition, a Chevrolet C1500 pickup, a Chevrolet 454 SS pickup and more. The website was also told by the owner of the film car company that they had “spent a week putting together genuine Chevrolet loose-leaf binders exactly as they appeared on sales desks in 1990 and ’91,” which were also destroyed.
According to local news site Shawganuk Journal, the cause of the fire is yet unconfirmed, but a security guard reported seeing a sparking “battery pack” of some sort in the dealership’s showroom area shortly before the blaze started. Ellenville Police Chief Phil Mattracion said no firefighters or civilians were injured in the blaze.
Amateur video of the fire was uploaded to YouTube, showing the dealership building and a handful of third-generation Camaros burning. The video is embedded above, if you want to put yourself through that.