HBO Miniseries Sets Fictional Auto Dealership and Vintage Chevy Models Ablaze
Filming for the HBO miniseries, “I Know This Much is True,” which is based on the book by Wally Lamb, took a scary turn on Thursday, May 9. The fictional dealership in the real city of Ellenville, New York, caught fire around 12:45 a.m. The fire destroyed the dealership, as well as around 20 cars, including vintage models from Chevrolet, and film equipment. By 10 a.m., the fire was contained by local firefighters. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze.
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“The absolutely amazing thing to come out of this atrocity is the fact that not one firefighter, law enforcement officer or civilian was injured in this multi-faceted operation that took place this morning,” said Ellenville Police Chief Phil Mattracion. “This is a true testament to the professionalism, training and dedication that the brave men and women who, in the face of grave danger, volunteer to respond and leave their families behind at a moment’s notice, not knowing whether they will return.”
Jamie Kitman, the New York Bureau Chief of Automobile magazine, coordinated the acquisition of many of the vehicles used by the HBO filming crew. In total, Kitman supplied 27 cars — 12 of which were destroyed, according to Autoblog writer Jonathon Ramsey.
“Among the vehicles lost to the blaze: A yellow, low-mile 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car edition; a mint C1500 pickup; a 454 SS pickup; several Corvettes and a rainbow-hued row of Camaros in various trims,” reports Ramsey.
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One Chevy that made it through was a Chevy Lumina APV, Kitman reports.