Classic cars lost in body shop fire

(The Republic Photo)

HOPE, Ind. (The Republic) – Body shop owner, James Lobdell, lost his business and two of his classic cars when his shop caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Jim’s Garage and Body Shop in Hope was destroyed by the fire that broke out just after 4 p.m.

According to the Republic, James was able to get a customer’s car out of the burning building, but he wasn’t able to save two classic cars he had been working on for the past four months.

Fire officials have not yet said what caused the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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