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Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion

Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion

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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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Wood and her granddaughter left the house at 2651 S. Cherokee St. and called 911 from a neighbor’s home.

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.