Fire at VW destroys classics

Early bay camper lost in flames

Published:  25 April, 2014

A fire at Volkswagen parts specialists VW Heritage has destroyed a number of vehicles in the company's car park, including a classic camper van.

The incident began when a T25 Caravelle, which was just being moved into the car park, caught fire, with flames exiting from the engine bay and engulfing the van. The driver escaped unharmed but the blaze took hold too quickly to be tackled by the staff. The flames spread to a new Beetle and the Early Bay camper, both of which were owned by Trade Sales Manager Ben Pascoe. The camper was being prepared for a six-month road trip around Europe.

VW Heritage founder David Ward commented: - "We are all OK and that is the main thing. We all did our best, and of course learned a couple of lessons from the day's events too. As a company we are very close, and we are all feeling the pain of our colleague and friend Ben, who has been the most affected by today's fire losing his pride and joy Campervan so close to his big trip".

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