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Garage owner devastated after fire guts business

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • More than 50 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at a garage in North Hill, Plymouth. Photograph taken from a YouTube video

  • Apprentice Barrie-John Walker surveys the scene at North Hill Repair Garage

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The owner of a Plymouth garage has said his "whole life has gone up in flames" after a blaze ripped through his business, destroying everything – including a number of high-value performance cars.

Cary Mortimore told said he has been left "gutted" and "devastated" following a fire at North Hill Repair Centre, in Mutley, at around 11.30pm on Wednesday.

"I'm devastated. I've had that garage 22 years. The whole garage is gone including tools costing about £80,000, vehicles to a similar value and all the keys to our other vehicles which were parked outside," said Mr Mortimore. "My whole life has gone up in flames. I feel absolutely gutted – I don't know what I'm going to do."

Eight Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue crews attended the blaze, which saw thousands of pounds of tools and equipment lost and a number of high value cars destroyed. They included a Porsche Boxster, three Mercedes, a Jaguar and a mini classic.

It is believed around 50 firefighters fought the blaze, which began at around 11.25pm on Wednesday. A section of Mutley Plain remained closed yesterday morning.

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