Porsche Spyder burns to the ground in front of Fremont grocery store

Bay City News
Sunday, November 4, 2018
The charred remains of a Porsche Spyder are seen in Fremont, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

FREMONT, Calif. -- A classic sports car caught fire Friday evening in front of a grocery store in Fremont and everyone escaped injury, police said.

A fire burning a 1955 Porsche Spyder was reported to police at about 5:20 p.m. at the Raley's grocery store at 39200 Paseo Padre Parkway.

Police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the store is close to the police station and officers were there quickly. Bosques said officers were impressed at how residents helped each other stay away from the fire, with at least one person pushing another in a wheelchair.

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Fremont fire Battalion Chief Gary Ashley said the driver of the Porsche smelled gas as he was driving.

The driver got out of the car when it caught fire and it rolled in to another vehicle, which also caught fire. A third vehicle was almost part of the blaze.

Two fire engines were needed to put out the fire because of the amount of water needed, according to Ashley.

"The Porsche was a total loss," Ashley said.