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Fatal North Carolina Gas Explosion Damages Renowned Porsche Collection

Ingram Collection
The Ingram Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of rare and vintage Porsches. (Image/Porsche AG)

One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured—some critically—in a gas explosion that occurred at about 10 a.m. April 10 in Durham, NC. The explosion, which was caused when a construction crew contractor drilled into a buried gas line, also appears to have severely damaged a famous collection of vintage Porsche cars next door.

The Ingram Collection, which Jalopnik once called perhaps the “most desirable Porsche 911 collection in the world,” features a variety of rare and exceptional Porsches, including the first of only 20 1990 Carrera 4 Lightweights ever made. One corner of the building housing the collection caved in during the explosion, and several cars appear to have sustained damage in this aerial footage released by Spectrum News North Carolina:

Jalopnik reported that it reached out to Phil Whitehead of Road Scholars, who helps to maintain the Porsche collection, and learned that nobody was at the facility when the explosion occurred. Meanwhile, local ABC affiliate WDTV reported that it spoke with the collection’s owner Bob Ingram, who declined to comment on the situation.

Road Scholars posted a message from the Ingram Collection on the Road Scholars Facebook page offering condolences to those affected by the explosion:

“On behalf of all of us at the Ingram Collection, we are deeply saddened by the explosion and fire in downtown Durham this morning. We would like to commend and thank the first responders from the Durham Fire and Police Departments, as well as all the neighboring departments. They acted swiftly to protect lives and extinguish the fire.
“Also, we understand that there may have been a fatality and a number of people injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families impacted by this disaster, and wish a speedy recovery to those who were hurt.”

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