Building storing several classic cars in Erie goes up in flames

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ERIE, Colo. -- A large storage building that housed several classic cars went up in flames Wednesday morning in Weld County.

A mobile home at 3163 Lowell Lane caught fire after an explosion around 9 a.m., said Sara Farris of the North Metro Fire Rescue District.

The fire extended from the mobile home to a nearby bar housing dozens of classic cars that were being restored, she said.

Smoke could be seen from several miles away.

Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to other structures on the property, but the fire itself took more than 2 ½ hours to be fully extinguished.

Most of the cars on site were vintage Cadillacs. Farris said initial reports indicated that eight cars were destroyed along with the mobile home and the barn.

No one was injured.

"Part of the challenge in extinguishing the fire resulted from a lack of access to fire hydrants and water sources in the rural area," Farris said in a news release. "Crews were able to utilize the water system at a nearby Broomfield housing development and a hydrant down Weld County Road 7. Other fire agencies brought water tender trucks that provided additional water to attack the fire."

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