November 17, 2010 12:53

Neil Young loses musical equipment and cars in warehouse fire Neil Young Tickets

Singer's LincVolt car damaged in San Francisco blaze

Neil Young loses musical equipment and cars in warehouse fire

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Neil Young has blamed a fire at his San Francisco warehouse on a fault in a fuel-efficient car he had been working on.

The music legend lost musical instruments and memorabilia as a result of the fire, which took place on November 9 and resulted in an estimated $850,000-worth (£534,000) of damage, reports BBC News.

He has now said he believes the fire was caused by the charging system he had been using on his so-called LincVolt car – a project for which Young converted a 1959 Lincoln Continental car to run off battery power.

"The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended. A mistake was made. It was not the fault of the car," Young wrote on LincVolt.com.

He vowed to continue with the project, which aims to increase fuel-efficient travel, writing: "Our project is to demonstrate alternative energies for transportation that are clean. We're still in a race against time. On a project like this, setbacks happen for a reason and we can see that very well from here."

The LincVolt was severely damaged as a result of the fire, although Young says he hopes to rebuild it using parts from similar models.

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