Thursday, November 11, 2010

Neil Young's Music Equipment, Cars Destroyed in Fire

A San Carlos warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young's music equipment, vintage cars and other memorabilia burned in a three-alarm blaze early Tuesday, causing an estimated $1.1 million in damage.

Workers and friends of the longtime Peninsula resident spent the day moving guitars, canisters of film, framed photos and other items that had been in the warehouse at 593 Quarry Road. Young, who lives in a home near La Honda, arrived at the site late in the day and surveyed the destruction.

Investigators have ruled out arson but didn't say Tuesday what caused the fire.

The roughly 10,000-square-foot building sustained $300,000 in damage, and Young's possessions that burned were worth about $800,000,
Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi. No one was injured in the fire.

The fire broke out about 2:55 a.m., and crews had the flames under control by 3:45 a.m., said Belmont-San Carlos Fire Chief Doug Fry, adding that firefighters saved up to 70 percent of the memorabilia, including six classic cars, that were stored in the warehouse.

A documentary Young made about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "CSNY/Déjà Vu," was shown at the close of the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Young rents the warehouse, which is on a street lined with industrial businesses, Fry said.

A Young spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on what items were in the warehouse.

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