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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:37

HBO Production Company Sued For $8M After Massive Car Dealership Fire

Written by Amie Williams, Motorious
HBO Production Company Sued For $8M After Massive Car Dealership Fire Journal


A car dealership in Ellenville, NY, is suing an HBO production company for $8 million after the location was destroyed by a massive fire after being used as a set for the television series "I Know This Much To Be True," according to the Record Online.

The series stars Mark Ruffalo. The lawsuit was filed by 613 Automotive Group and issued to Calling Grace Productions due to negligence.


Just after midnight May 9, 2019, a fire erupted at the dealership and completely engulfed the 10,000-square-foot facility while torching dozens of vehicles.


Some of the cars were owned by the dealership, while others were antiques put in place by the production company to use on set.


According to the source, the Ulster County fire officials could not be reached to update the reason for this fire that broke out last year.


Levi Hecht, co-owner of 613 Automotive Group, told the Journal during a conference call the impact from the fire was devastating financially, and they are still feeling it more than a year after the tragic situation.


"The business, basically, almost fell apart," he said. "We're holding on by a thin string to keep this alive financially and physically."


The other owner of 613 Automotive Group, 87-year-old Aaron Weingarten, said, "They're stretching me out. They want to outlast me. I'm 87 years old. I hope that I can settle this while I'm still on earth."


While HBO has not responded to the Journal, Weingarten confirmed his company is an insured party for $3 million and is suing for $8 million in damages.


According to the report, the fire was started due to a transformer being used to charge camera batteries. Just one person was said to be on site during this time, a security guard who fell asleep and woke to explosions caused by the fire, and was able to escape unharmed.


More than 30 classic collector cars worth more than $1 million, along with $10 million in gear such as cameras, lenses and other production equipment, were completely destroyed by the blaze.

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