A fire June 8 destroyed two classic cars and a Hazelton Street building in Masury that had a lot of history for members of the Trenga family.
The 30-by-80-foot building was a total loss, said Brookfield Fire Chief David Masirovits. A state fire marshal was called in because of the value of the cars, but the cause of the fire has not been determined, he said.
“We don’t believe any suspicious activity, or anything like that,” the chief said.
A neighbor heard a popping sound and saw the fire when she let her dog out, calling for help at 1:07 a.m., Masirovits said
The building was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived, and they called for help from Sharon, Vienna and Hubbard, he said.
“My father did (auto) body work down there years ago, and then my brothers had a wood shop in there,” said Roseann Sereday, whose mom Anna Marie Trenga, lives on the property. The house was not affected by the fire.
Since her father, Carmine Trenga, passed away in 2018, Sereday and her husband, Richard, have stored the 1930 Ford Model A, that Roseann gave Richard for a 25th wedding anniversary present, in the building.
The couple recently bought a 1934 Model A stakebed truck, which also was stored in the building.
“What do you put a value on a 25th-anniversary gift?,” Roseann said. “It’s heartbreaking, for me and my husband.”
Masirovits gave a tentative loss estimate of $150,000 to $200,000, but he and Roseann noted an insurance company is investigating.