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Cheney classic car collector looks back at devastating December fire

One-of-a-kind 1957 Chevy, other rare collectibles consumed by blaze


Paul Delaney

John Solomon can still look back at the popular award-winning 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible in a book his daughter put together.

If John Solomon had it to do all over again he’d likely do a couple of things differently.

The Cheney classic car collector would have paid more attention to his cat Tiger’s odd behavior and he would have not left his air compressor running after he left his shop.

Those are things he pointed to surveying the damage – no make that the devastation – that came from a fire in his garage-shop facility Dec. 30 of last year.

The blaze not only consumed the 3,200 square-foot structure, but a priceless collection of memorabilia, a nationally known rare classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air converti...

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