A photo taken by an Associated Press photographer on Friday showed firefighters pushing what looks to be a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 fastback from the garage of a burning home in Malibu, California.
Taken by photographer Ringo H.W. Chu near Malibu Lake, the photo went viral over the weekend. It was posted in numerous car forums and on social media as people praised the actions of the firefighters, which may have spared the fastback from the raging Woolsey Fire.
It’s possible the car is one of 1,400 Shelby GT350 fastbacks made in 1966. Should it be an actual production model, it would likely be worth six figures.
Why the car was pushed away from the home remains in question. Some publications guessed the car was moved to prevent the fuel tank from exploding and worsening the fire, while others theorized the firefighters were simply trying to protect property.
Still others wondered if the firefighters are car people who wanted to save a piece of American automotive history.
It was unknown if the car made it through the blaze as of publication. A photo posted to Twitter appeared to show the fastback was pushed a good distance away from the home.
— Team Shelby (@TeamShelbyClub) November 10, 2018
Two enormous wildfires began engulfing California last week. At least 31 people had been killed as of Monday morning and hundreds more were missing. Thousands have been evacuated and some of them have returned to their homes, including our own Larry Crane.
The Camp Fire burning near Chico, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, has been the most destructive. At least 29 people have been killed, making it one of the deadliest in state history, and thousands of homes and other structures have been destroyed.
The Woolsey Fire — along with the smaller Hill Fire — has claimed at least two lives in southern California. It has destroyed 179 structures, some of which belonged to Hollywood celebrities. Officials said another 57,000 structures in the area are threatened.
The Woolsey Fire has burned hot enough to melt metal, another Associated Press photograph showed.
Unfavorable wind conditions were expected to continue Monday. The 113,000-acre Camp Fire was 25 percent contained and the 83,000-acre Woolsey Fire was 10 percent contained as of Sunday.
Last year, a wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, killed 22 people. It destroyed 36,087 acres and 5,643 structures along with some classic cars.