Prized '69 GTO among casualties in carport fire

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

SALISBURY — The 1969 Pontiac GTO parked beneath a carport at Bob Ware’s Radiator Shop was more than just a classic ride.
It was “part of the family,” Ware’s wife, Cynthia, said. “We dated in that car.”
The Wares lost that member of their family Wednesday after a grass fire that started by railroad tracks off South Main Street spread to the carport.
Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief David Morris said three fires were set along the tracks at different points in Salisbury.
The fire that spread to the carport beside Ware’s shop at 1231 S. Main St. engulfed the GTO and a 1994 Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles were ruined.
Two other fires did not damage any surrounding structures and were put out by residents. Morris said a train came by 15-20 minutes before they were reported.
“We’re working with Norfolk Southern to look into that further,” he said.
Morris said fire investigators were also speaking with residents to see if there was anyone around the tracks before the fires were started.
Ware said although the Pontiac GTO had sentimental value, he was glad the shop wasn’t affected.
“I am thankful the shop is OK. I can come to work tomorrow,” he said Wednesday.