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Fire Destroys Part of Reggie Jackson’s Car Collection

August 5, 1988 GMT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Retired baseball star and classic car collector Reggie Jackson lost 35 automobiles when fire destroyed a warehouse where the cars were stored and caused $4 million in damage, officials said Thursday.

The fire apparently started in a furniture store Wednesday night and spread to the warehouse in the same cinderblock building.

The fire department said 35 cars owned by Jackson were destroyed, including Corvettes, Porsches, Barracudas, Mustangs and other ″high-value collector cars,″ said Capt. Ron Littley, who also said five motorcycles were destroyed.

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Jackson, who lives in nearby Oakland, was visibly upset when he went to the warehouse Thursday. He declined to be interviewed at his Berkeley automobile dealership, saying he was ″down″ and ″hurting″ about the loss.

Jackson began his car collection in 1971 when he bought a 1940 Chevrolet for $300 and a color television. By last October, the collection had grown to 97 vehicles. The rest of his collection was stored elsewhere.

The fire, visible from the Bay Bridge, raged out of control in the 33,000- square-foot warehouse in an industrial area for more than an hour.

″Everything that was in there was gone,″ said fire Lt. David Allen. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

Jackson retired last fall from the Oakland Athletics after a career that included stints with the California Angels, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.