A number of classic cars were destroyed in a Saturday, Oct. 12, fire at a pole barn-type garage full of automobiles and shop equipment at the Glen and Ruth Erickson home in Island Lake, according to Carsonville Fire Chief Michael Harvey.

“All the cars are gone,” Ruth Erickson said Friday, Oct. 19, adding that they would prefer not to talk about the loss.

In a 2011 Detroit Lakes Tribune story, Glen Erickson talked about classic cars, trucks and snowmobiles that he had restored that were stored on the property, including a custom-built 1936 Ford pickup, a mint condition 1959 Corvette and a 1930 Model A Ford.

Harvey didn’t know which vehicles were lost in the fire, but said “there were a lot of old cars in there. It was a big shop with a lot of cars in it.”

The metal-framed pole barn was “pretty much a total loss,” Harvey said.

The fire was confined to the building, which was not connected to the house, he said. Harvey declined to say what caused the fire, but added that “it was a complete accident — the state fire marshal saw no need to come out.”

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