A Wednesday afternoon garage fire near Hillcrest Drive destroyed two classic cars, fire officials said.
Liberty Fire Company Chief Lloyd Wary Jr. said there were no injuries but it took firefighters nearly 45 minutes to put the fire out.
The structure and two vehicles inside were destroyed by the fire, Wary said.
Dry conditions and the proximity of other buildings had firefighters worried that the flames would spread, Wary said.
Neighbors’ cars, fire trucks and tankers lined the narrow Hillcrest Drive off North Funk Road between routes 73 and 100 while crews fought the blaze.
The fire did not spread from the garage, but there was some heat damage to the house, Wary said.
The owners were home at the time, but it was neighbors who called about the fire, Wary said.
Six fire companies were still at the scene at 5 p.m. with firefighters spraying foam on the charred remains of the garage and vehicles.
One of the cars that was lost was a classic Volkswagen Beetle. The other was a Corvette.
Firefighters were sitting next to their engines, exhausted from the early spring heat wave that saw temperatures soar into the 80s and the heat generated from the raging blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Wary believes the fire began from a burn barrel that may have been smoldering nearby.
Departments that responded included Liberty Fire Company, Friendship Hook and Ladder, Keystone-Boyertown, New Berlinville, Eastern Berks and the Gilbertsville Fire Rescue.
Wary said his firefighters did not return to their station until 8:30 p.m.