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Fire Destroys Five Vintage Airplanes At Museum

February 15, 1993

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) _ Five vintage warplanes were destroyed Monday when a fire at an aircraft museum collapsed the hangar where they were being stored.

The cause of the fire at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, wasn’t immediately known, authorities said.

Ray Pacey, a museum employee, said it didn’t have a sprinkler system.

Destoryed in the fire were a a Spitfire and a Hurricane, fighter planes that held off German raids during the Battle of Britain in World War II.

Also destroyed were an Avenger, a carrier-based fighter bomber from the same era, an Auster, a communications and observation plane, and a Turbo Commander.

The museum, housed in hangars built for British air training at the start of World War II, underwent a $400,000 renovation in 1990.

A four-engine Lancaster heavy bomber, believed to be one of two in the world still flying, was saved from the fire.

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