Garage owner devastated after fire guts business
The owner of a Plymouth garage has said his "whole life has gone up in flames" after a blaze ripped through his business, destroying everything – including a number of high-value performance cars.
Cary Mortimore told said he has been left "gutted" and "devastated" following a fire at North Hill Repair Centre, in Mutley, at around 11.30pm on Wednesday.
"I'm devastated. I've had that garage 22 years. The whole garage is gone including tools costing about £80,000, vehicles to a similar value and all the keys to our other vehicles which were parked outside," said Mr Mortimore. "My whole life has gone up in flames. I feel absolutely gutted – I don't know what I'm going to do."
Eight Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue crews attended the blaze, which saw thousands of pounds of tools and equipment lost and a number of high value cars destroyed. They included a Porsche Boxster, three Mercedes, a Jaguar and a mini classic.
It is believed around 50 firefighters fought the blaze, which began at around 11.25pm on Wednesday. A section of Mutley Plain remained closed yesterday morning.