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    Keith called me early this morning to tell me that he had a catastrophe over night. His garage caught fire and, of course, his Centurion and Reatta were parked inside. He discovered the fire when he got up to let his dog out and saw smoke coming from the garage. The firemen told him that it was a very slow burn and had burned for quite some time. He said both cars sustained heavy damage but he actually drove them both out after the fire had been extinguished. As bad as it is, it could have been much worse. He had 13 gallons of gas stored in cans and although the cans were blackened, they did not explode. He also had both cars filled with gas. This is a situation none of us would ever like to have to deal with and Keith is very heartbroken at this point. He will undoubtedly provide the forum with an update but he can use all of our support at this exceedingly difficult time.
    Bob Alberini BCA 3038
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    That is sad news
    I assume he and his family are alright that is the main concern
    Cars can be rebuild or replaced after all
    I am curious for the cause and the extend of the damage but we will hear that from Keith himself when he is up to it
    For now i wish him and his family al the best
    Erik
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    Yes, Erik, nobody was injured and his garage is a separate, detached building so his home was not involved.
    Bob Alberini BCA 3038
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    I saw a few photos of both cars, but it's hard to tell how much damage there is in the photos. He said the Centurion is worse than it looks. Appears some top damage, paint, interior. So so sad
    Adam Martin
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    Oh what a catastrophe ! Itīs a pain seeing those photos.
    But donīt hesitate looking forward, Keith, I wish you to have the mental power and the support of the insurance company for bringing back your beauties to the road with their former glamor some day not too far in future. My thoughts are with you … .
    Rolf

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    Only just noticed the photos and story on FB... I can feel your pain Keith. Hopefully insurance will cover the damage.
    Rob
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    As i see the pictures
    I have high hopes for the Centurion although expensive but possible
    All the trim is stainless and should clean right up
    Even the passenger side mirror and the interior seem to be salvageable
    The top is easily replaced by a professional

    The Reatta worries me more i think that one is gone
    Again looking at the pictures in reality it can be worse or better
    I wish you all the best with the aftermath of this terrible episode
    Erik
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    Buick Centurion 455-4 convertible (1973)

    Hyundai XG 350 (2003)
    Chrysler Sebring convertible (2001)
    Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T (1999)

    Suzuki GSX-R 750 (1991)

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    Just sickening. I'm so sorry Keith. I hope there is a way to save the Centurion.

    Randy

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    Keith, You know how much I loved and admired your Centurion. It was and still is my inspiration vehicle. But the most important thing is that you are okay. Stay sane. I am sure no matter what life throws at you you can conquer it.
    Richard (Rick) Dunn

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    So sad to read about this….
    I agree with Erik about the high hopes for the Centurion, although expensive but possible

    I really hope the insurance will fully cover the repairs, then next challenge is finding needed parts and the right people to do a proper paint job etc

    When it comes to the hunt for parts I suggest we forum members give you a helping hand (if needed) in turning the internet inside out
    Per

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    Keith, I've been traveling for more than a week, and opted to fully disconnect from e-mail, forums, etc., so I was very shocked to return to the forum and see this news. I'm very sad to learn of the damage to the cars, and know how devastating all of this is to you.

    I hope that you receive some clear, specific answers soon from your insurance company, and can proceed with a clear plan. Obviously, I join the others here in hoping that your very unique Centurion can be saved.

    Please keep us updated as you move forward.
    Brian Laurance, BCA # 5168
    A Centurion driver since December, 1970

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    Keith, the realization that the Centurion is a total loss is heart-breaking for all of us, but I know full well that our sense of loss cannot compare in any way to yours.

    Please keep us posted. If the salvage price is reasonable, I too hope that the car can be saved.
    Brian Laurance, BCA # 5168
    A Centurion driver since December, 1970

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    Holy crap Keith!! I am so, so sorry. First off thank God it wasn't worse and no one was hurt. As for your cars, hang in there. The Centurion does look more restorable, just it will take time. I truly hope it all works out. If your love is still with the cars I would not rethink anything. I myself dropped pretty much out of thing. With paying cash on the barrel for tuition at away colleges for two kids...well we all know the costs so I just stored my Centurion and GS455. I too was rethinking thing, but I know I would resent selling them down the road. After over 2 years out the bug is hitting but things are moving slow.

    Hang in there my friend and there are loads of good people out here for support, contacts and help.
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    Keith - Just say the thread. Sorry for your loss.

    Bruce
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