Fire early Friday destroyed classic show cars parked in a garage on Lakeville Highway.

The vehicles were inside and outside a garage on the Gilardi Marina property and apparently were owned by the Gilardi family, longtime Lakeville community residents, according to fire officials.

The loss was estimated at about $250,000.

Consumed by the flames were two classic mid-1960s Chevrolet muscle cars, a vintage BMW, an early 1970s Chevrolet muscle car and two other vehicles, said Lakeville volunteer firefighter Brian Clarke.

"The three cars in the garage were show quality," Clarke said.

The fire was reported at 1:45 a.m. on the Petaluma River marina property adjacent to Papa's Taverna.

The first firefighters to the call, a Petaluma engine from South McDowell Boulevard, arrived in 11 minutes. They found the garage area and vehicles engulfed in flames.

Also responding were Lakeville, San Antonio and Wilmar volunteers and Rancho Adobe, Sonoma, Schell-Vista and Cal Fire departments, for a total of about 30 firefighters.

They brought at least four fire engines and several water trucks to the property west of the highway.

The fire was under control by 2:34 a.m.

Sonoma County fire Battalion Chief Wes Kitchel said the teamwork of firefighters from a variety of agencies helped save a nearby home and other structures.

An investigation later Friday morning couldn't determine an official cause for the blaze, but it didn't appear to be suspicious, said Roberta MacIntyre, Sonoma County fire marshal.

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