Three-Alarm Fire Severely Damages Neil Young's Warehouse

Building contained vintage cars, paintings and cases of guitar

November 9, 2010 5:05 PM ET

A fire has destroyed part of Neil Young's warehouse in San Carlos, California, where he kept guitar cases, vintage cars, paintings and other artifacts. The fire at the 10,000 square-foot warehouse was reported at 2:55 AM, and by the time fire-fighters had put it out it had caused at least $1 million in damage. Officials estimate that 70 percent of the items in the warehouse were salvaged — though it's unclear how damaged they were. Arson is not suspected, and there is currently no official report on what was actually destroyed.

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Local news clips show people from Young's staff salvaging items from the wreckage and moving them to an adjacent warehouse. A source who took a tour of two of Young's warehouses in San Carlos two years ago tells Rolling Stone he observed numerous vintage cars, one room with video cassettes and another with video material — though he believed they were sturdy enough to withstand serious damage, and were possibly even fire-proof.

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