Historic Vampires destroyed in hangar fire

PARIS | A pair of Vampire jets were destroyed at Villaroche Airport in France this morning when their hangar caught fire.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke out at around 07:00 local time on Saturday 8th December at Paris-Villaroche Aerodrome near Melun. Fire crews comprising more than 60 personnel quickly put out the fire.

The two Vampire jets were part of Christian Amara’s private collection of vintage aircraft, based at Villaroche. One of the jets was completely destroyed, the other badly damaged.

The airfield hosted the innaugural Villaroche Air Legends show in September to much critical acclaim. The two Vampires participated in the flying display, along with other aircraft from Mr Amara’s collection.

A preliminary report has indicated that the fire was accidental.