Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion
Denver Post via YellowBrix
January 11, 2010
DENVER – Carburetor trouble in a 1988 Maserati set off a fire and an ammunition explosion in the garage of a Denver home Sunday morning, according to the Denver Fire Department.
Venita Wood, 72, started the Maserati in the garage and walked about 20 feet back into her house when she heard an explosion.
“I came out, and there was fire coming out from under the car,” she said.
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Ammunition stored in the garage also exploded during the blaze, said Denver Fire Department spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne.
Wood said she wasn’t aware there was ammunition in the garage. It could have belonged to her husband, who died more than six years ago, she said.
“My husband was a hunter. There could have been a handful in a cabinet in there,” Wood said.
No one was hurt in the blaze, which began about 11:30 a.m. Heat from the fire melted siding on the rear of Wood’s brick home and broke her bedroom window.
Firefighters threaded their way through the wreckage of four charred vehicles early Sunday afternoon as they investigated the cause of the fire.
Two Honda Gold Wing three-wheel motorcycles and a new Smart Car were destroyed, along with the Maserati.
Outside the garage, the paint job on a white Lincoln Town Car owned by Wood was badly blistered.