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Franklin garage fire burns two collectible cars, damage estimated at $200,000

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FRANKLIN — A Franklin family loses two collectible cars and a garage, after one of the cars catches fire. The estimated damage is $200,000.

The scene of the fire was in the 11200 block of W. Bel Mar Drive on Thursday, August 20th.

The vehicle’s owner says he was working on his 1984 Monte Carlo when it caught fire. He tried to put the flames out with two small fire extinguishers but was unsuccessful.

No one was hurt and the house next door was not damaged.

“The detached garage is only about 12 feet from the house, we were able to protect that right away, make sure there was no damage to the house or the people who live there,” said Franklin battalion Chief, Paul Rynders.

Crews from Cudahy, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek helped respond to this fire.

While the auto work is being blamed, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.


    • Lind

      My name is Linda, I am the owner of the property. This was a custom garage worth between $35-40,000.00. Included a car lift, custom cabinets and was heated and completely insulated and drywalled. The garage had a complete machine shop in it, all gone. The 84 Monte Carlo was a pro street car and insurance if we are lucky will cover half of the value.

  • Fred

    A Grand National or GNX is worth some bucks but a Monte Carlo – maybe $10K if it’s in absolutely great condition. Sounds like someone is going to try for insurance fraud.

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