GREENFIELD — No one could stop staring at the charred remnants of the car.
The blackened remains of the 1969 Corvette Stingray convertible were just about all that was left after a brief but intense fire ravaged the detached garage behind a home in the 700 block of South CR 500W Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze broke out around 3:20 p.m. after the home’s occupants noticed smoke on the south side of the property behind the house, where the garage was located.
By the time firefighters received the call, heavy smoke had clouded the area and was billowing high enough to be visible from U.S. 40, three-quarters of a mile away.
Firefighters had the flames under control quickly, but after the fire and water damage, there was little left of the garage but rubble.
The structure contained tools and other personal belongings – the most notable, of course, being that prized Corvette.
The convertible was inside the garage when the fire broke out, but it was propelled forward at some point and ended up just outside where the garage had stood. Firefighters did not say whether they believed an explosion or some other means pushed the car forward.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. No one was injured.
Homeowner Matt Carr watched helplessly as firefighters fought to save what they could. Despite the loss, he was counting his blessings as he surveyed the smoldering pile.
“I imagine if we didn’t call (for help) when we did, it would have hit the house,” he said.