A massive accidental fire that broke out on the set of an HBO miniseries in Ellenville, New York, early Thursday morning destroyed a used-car dealership and a number of circa 1990 cars and trucks along with it, including multiple special Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros. The cars were among 27 vintage vehicles Automobile Magazine New York bureau chief Jamie Kitman had supplied to the HBO production via a film-car company he owns separately. No one was injured in the blaze. [Read Jamie Kitman’s exclusive inside story on the devastating fire here.]
The precise number of vehicles lost is not yet known, though Chris Busby, general manager for 613 Automotive Group, told the Poughkeepsie Journal; “There’s nothing left.” The dealership buildings and “about a dozen vehicles were destroyed,” he said. Images published by the local Shawangunk Journal (reposted here with permission) show the extent of the devastation, while others provided by Kitman show the cars prior to the fire. Kitman said the losses included “several Corvettes, Camaros, a mint C1500 pickup, a 454 SS pickup,” and a “super-low-mileage 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car” edition.
According to the Shawangunk Journal, the fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. Thursday and is believed to have started in the showroom building. It also reportedly claimed camera and film equipment, with total damage possibly reaching into the millions of dollars. The investigation into its cause is ongoing.
The 613 Automotive Group’s used-car dealership had been dressed as a Chevrolet/Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Isuzu store for the upcoming HBO miniseries I Know This Much Is True, starring Mark Ruffalo and Juliette Lewis. The miniseries is based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 bestselling novel of the same name, which is partially set in October of 1990.
Photos of the damage courtesy Amberly Jane Campbell/Shawangunk Journal.