Vintage Cars Along with HBO Set Destroyed by Massive Inferno

Andrew Tetreault

HBO mini series set destroyed along with hundreds of vintage cars destroyed in massive overnight inferno in Ellenville.

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 12:58 a.m., a fire broke out at 613 Automotive located at 188 South Main Street in Ellenville, NY. The used auto dealership was being utilized by a film crew for the upcoming HBO miniseries based on Wally Lamb's 1998 bestselling novel I Know This Much Is True. The dealership was dressed to resemble a Chevrolet/Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Isuzu store.

Chris Busby, general manager at 613 Automotive Group, said the business was "a total loss." Vintage cars and other film equipment were also destroyed in the blaze. Sources say some of the vehicles destroyed include several Corvettes, Camaros, a mint C1500 pickup, a 454 SS pickup, and a “super-low-mileage 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy Pace Car” edition. Firefighters from numerous surrounding agencies assisted in bringing this massive fire under control. The fire was brought under control by 10:00a.m. the same day. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

I Know This Much Is True is expected to be a six-episode limited series with stars that include Melissa Leo, Kathryn Hahn, Rosie O’Donnell and Juliette Lewis.

"We have temporarily suspended production and we expect to resume shortly,” HBO said in a statement. The mini-series is set to be released sometime in 2020.


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