America’s Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio on Nov. 17 sustained a devastating fire in its off-site storage warehouse in Harrison Township. Many irreplaceable Packard automobiles and artifacts were lost to the fire, which is believed to be the result of a human act and possibly vandalism, according to a blog post by Coupe Customs.
“The staff and volunteers at America’s Packard Museum are heartbroken by the vandalism and fire that occurred last night at our warehouse on Ome Avenue,” the museum stated in press release. “As the investigation into the cause and scope of damage are still underway, we are attempting to come to grips with the enormity of the loss of irreplaceable vehicles and artifacts.
“The Harrison Township Fire Department went above and beyond any reasonable expectation in preserving a great number of valuable vehicles.”
Preliminary reports said the bulk of damage was centered in the area of the building in which cars are restored.
Images of the fire show that a ca.-1948 Packard Station Sedan and several mid-1950s Packard models were affected by the flames.
Local media reported that strong winds and low water pressure made the blaze difficult to extinguish, according to Coupe Customs.