A facility in Harrison Township, Ohio, near Dayton, belonging to America’s Packard Museum was lost to fire overnight along with an unknown number of classic cars contained inside.
“We never could count. We just knew there’s a ton of cars in that building,” Harrison Twp. Fire Battalion Chief Darrin Wiseman.
America’s Packard Museum is not to be confused with the National Packard Museum, which is located in Warren, Ohio, the birthplace of Packard Motor Car Company.
America’s Packard Museum operates from a restored Packard dealership in the city of Dayton. It appears that the Harrison Township facility, approximately five miles north of the museum itself, may have been used for restoration of display vehicles. The museum website also indicates that it has “one of the largest collections [of Packard parts] anywhere” which it offers for sale.
UPDATE (19.November 2015): Investigation into the origins and extent of the fire is still ongoing, but it appears some vehicles were saved from the fire. Reports are that the fire was a result of human activity in an unsecured portion of the warehouse, possibly vandalism.
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