Roadster Factory Fire Results in Total Loss

The Roadster Factory, a 48,000-square-foot facility in Armagh, Pennsylvania known for specializing in classic British sports cars, particularly Triumphs, was reported as a total loss after sustaining damages in a destructive fire that ignited on Christmas morning. No people were seriously injured during the blaze.

At this time the Roadster Factory’s website remains down, but this post was made to their Facebook site:

Dear TRF Customer-

As you have probably heard by now, there was a fire on Christmas morning and our building and inventory were mostly destroyed. TRF will be closed for the month of January while we try to figure out where to go from here. We hope to reopen and we appreciate your patience in the meantime.

TRF is grateful for the outpouring of support received from suppliers, customers, friends, family, local community members and even strangers. We are especially grateful to the 14+ companies of firefighters who sacrificed their Christmas to extinguish the blaze. Thankfully no one was hurt.

Here are some answers to questions you might have.

1) We are going to consider all open orders canceled at this time. If you have something on back order that you still need, please drop us an email ([email protected]) to see about reinstating the order. Keep in mind backorders are not charged until they are shipped. So if you had something on backorder, you probably were not charged for it.

2) If you feel you have a credit with TRF, please drop us an email ([email protected]). Many of our records have been destroyed, but we should be able to verify credits if you bring them to our attention. If you have a gift certificate you no longer want, please get in touch and we will sort it out. Please be patient, we will do our best to get back to you by the end of January.

3) If you have any other questions or concerns, please drop us an email ([email protected]) and we will do our best to get back to you quickly.

4) If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the Armagh Fire Department: https://www.gofundme.com/…/the-roadster-factory…

I will be back in touch soon.

best,
Albert
TRF

According to Indiana County 911, Armagh and East Wheatfield Township, Clyde, Brush Valley, New Florence, Seward, Bolivar fire departments, and Citizens EMS Dispatch were dispatched on the first alarm that was called in at 1 a.m. Just minutes later, Jackson Township, Nanty Glo, Vintondale, West Taylor Township, Fairfield Township, and Blairsville fire departments were called to the scene. The dispatch calls continued from 2 a.m. until around 5 a.m., reportedly adding The Black Lick Fire Department, Homer City Fire Department, Middle Taylor Township Fire Department, Cherryhill Township, and Pine Township fire departments to the scene.

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Roadster Factory Fire Results in Total Loss

By the time the sun rose on Christmas morning, a gutted brick structure and smoldering ruins were what remained. Nearly 12 hours after the emergency call was made, over a dozen fire companies and more than 100 firefighters were still working at the scene on the 300 block of Killen Road in Indiana County dousing the debris.

The total vehicle loss count is unknown. A few antique cars were reportedly rescued from the showroom by firefighters before the fire took over and are seen parked outside on the lawn on the CBS Pittsburgh news report. At least two more cars were burned and trapped under rubble near the rear of the burned building. Numerous engine blocks, and boxes full of car parts, catalogs, and manuals were also destroyed.

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Roadster Factory Fire Results in Total Loss – The morning after

Note: Portions of this story originally appeared in the Tribune-Democrat, Hemmings Motor News, The British Motor Trade Association, and other sites.

Staff