10/25/2017 13:07 EDT | Updated 10/25/2017 13:22 EDT

'Lifetime collection' of classic, muscle cars lost in B.C. fire

LANGLEY, B.C. — A multimillion-dollar collection of vehicles was destroyed Wednesday when fire raced through a building in Langley, B.C.

Alyn Edwards, columnist who writes about classic cars and a good friend of the owners Garry and Darlene Cassidy, says they are devastated by their loss.

Edwards says the Cassidy's are on their way back home from the United States after learning of the fire.

He says Garry Cassidy was in tears when he spoke with him on the phone over the loss of about 40 classic cars, most of them Chevy's from the 1950s and 1960s.

The vehicles were insured, but Edwards says Garry Cassidy told him that many of the vehicles can't be replaced.

Langley Township deputy fire Chief Bruce Ferguson says an alarm system alerted them to a fire early Wednesday, but by the time they arrived the flames were shooting out the roof of the two-storey building.

He says the cause of the fire in the approximately 740-square-metre building hasn't been determined.