MOSCOW MILLS, Mo (KMOV.com) - A fire that gutted a warehouse at Jerry Bickel Race Cars in Moscow Mills is being blamed on an electrical short. The flames initially tripped a burglar alarm Saturday morning.
Owner, Jerry Bickel told News 4, "When the police arrived they saw that it wasn't a burglar, that it was on fire and called for the fire department."
The flames destroyed four partial or completed race cars, 70 sets of racing tires, an R-V and various parts and equipment. The damage is estimated to be $1 million. Twenty fire trucks from 7 fire departments responded to the fire and firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the main building.
"If there is any good news, that's the good news because I'd have 35 people without a job right now," said Bickel.
The company makes drag racing cars and manufactures parts for them. A completed race car can cost as much as $250,000 and reach speeds of 270 miles per hour.
Bickel said, "We've got customers, a lot of them in the Middle East, we've got them in Sweden, we've got them in London, wherever drag racing is popular."
No one was inside the warehouse at the time of the fire.
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