Photo courtesy Alyn Edwards

A major fire in the Vancouver, B.C. suburb of Langley has destroyed a collection of classic cars valued at around $3 million.

The roughly forty-strong fleet was housed in a large garage Garry and Darlene Cassidy had built last year. It was located on the same property as the couple’s home, but news reports didn’t specify whether the house sustained any damage.

Regardless, a family friend told the Victoria Times Colonist the couple is “in tears” over the loss of a number of vehicles that were “irreplaceable.” All were covered by collector car insurance.

Among the cars were a pair of 1955 Pontiac Star Chiefs and a number of other trophy-winning GM models including Chevrolet Impalas, Chevelles, and Camaros.

According to news reports, Langley fire fighters arrived at the scene in the early hours of October 25 to find flames through the roof of the large garage that housed the cars. The severity of the fire meant emergency responders couldn’t get inside and instead had to focus on extinguishing the flames from the outside while the classic vehicles burned.

Langley Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ferguson said the cause of the fire that took down the 740-square-metre structure hasn’t been determined, but a number of explosions suggest it was (obviously) fueled by gasoline in the vehicles’ tanks. The garage was not equipped with a sprinkler system.

(via the Victoria Times Colonist)