Blaze claims vintage sports car that owner had treasured for four decades



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FORTVILLE — A garage fire that spread to an attached home Wednesday night destroyed home- owner E.H. Martin’s classic 1962 Chevrolet Corvette and left his family wondering what to do next.

No one was injured in the fast-moving fire. On Thursday, Martin and his family were picking through the rubble and assessing damage at the home in the 300 block of North Madison Street.

The garage is a total loss, said Martin’s wife, Patricia Martin. The house, which is attached to the garage, also caught fire. Firefighters were able to contain the flames before they spread throughout the two-story residence, but it suffered heavy damage.

In the ruins of the garage Thursday sat the burned-out hulk of Martin’s pride and joy, the Corvette he had owned since 1970. He estimated he had put about $60,000 into the car over the years, handling restoration and repairs himself.

The bright red convertible frequently could be seen at area car shows. Martin, in fact, had driven it to a cruise-in earlier in the evening, his grandson said.

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