Building Housing Porsche Ingram Collection Damaged In Fatal Durham Gas Explosion

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Bob Ingram’s Porsche collection is the stuff of dreams as it includes approximately 80 different vehicles ranging from a 918 Spyder to the third oldest 356 in existence.

Porsche highlighted his collection a few years ago and said “Few if any collections can compete with the quality of the Ingram collection.”

Unfortunately, it appears disaster has struck as multiple outlets are reporting a massive explosion in downtown Durham, North Carolina. According to The News & Observer, a contractor was “burrowing under a sidewalk” near 115 N. Duke Street when they hit a 2 inch (5.1 cm) gas line. Durham Police spokesman Wil Glenn told the publication that this “caused an explosion and a partial building collapse.”

The building’s address is important to note as the Ingram is located at 111 N Duke St. This means the collection was located in the building   to where the gas line was hit.

An overhead photo from The News & Observer confirms the building next to the Ingram collection was mostly destroyed in the explosion. It also shows the building containing the Ingram collection sustained significant damage.

While nothing is official at this point, it appears the roof of the building housing the collection caught on fire and partially collapsed. There are also visible cracks on the roof and video from ABC11 suggests the front part of the building also collapsed.

There’s no word on the status of the collection, but the officials have already confirmed one fatality and at least 15 different injuries. The situation is still unfolding and we’ll update this post if we learn more about the status of the collection.

Update: The number of injured has increased to 17.  Officials now say the explosion didn’t happen immediately and instead occurred during their evacuations following a gas leak. Five building were damaged in the blast and one fire fighter was “seriously hurt” but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Opening image screenshot ABC/Youtube

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