Fire claims Rindge man’s workshop, classic cars

  • Dennis Casey’s Rindge shop was destroyed in a New Year’s fire. COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 08, 2018 5:58PM

Dennis Casey was fast asleep on New Year’s Eve when he heard the doorbell ring.

Stumbling to his door around 2 a.m., a police officer was probably the last thing he ever expected to be at his door. Even more unexpected was when Casey looked over the officer’s shoulder to see his workshop burning to the ground. 

“All it took was one look, I knew it was completely gone,” said Casey, who lives on Route 119 in the area of Meadow View Drive. “I saw the shop burning… the front was completely engulfed.”

Casey, in an interview Friday, said he lost everything that was inside his 24- by 36-foot stand-alone building, a building Casey said he constructed with the help of his son and some other volunteers. 

The shop was built around two years ago, according to Casey, as a woodworking shop. As a retired man, Casey said he has enjoyed doing woodworking projects.

“It was basically a hobby shop,” said Casey. “I had thoughts of doing some side income stuff at some point.”

While losing the shop has been emotional, Casey was devastated to learn that his 1984 Jaguar and 1930 Buick were also taken from him by the fire.

Casey said the Jaguar was a recreational vehicle that he had driven a lot – it was in his shop as he was working to make it road-worthy again – and the Buick was a car he bought in 1969 to fix up. 

“I was horrified… it was a lifelong dream,” said Casey. “I’m kind of hoping to rebuild the shop… the contents of the shop were insured by the cars aren’t covered.”

Casey said the cause of fire is still unknown at this time. 

“No one knows, the fire chief said there wasn’t enough left to investigate the cause,” said Casey. “We will see [if I rebuild the shop. I have to take things one step at a time.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.