Teenager's dream Porsche 911 destroyed in fire

'He took such good care of it,' his mother says

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A 1975 Porsche burst into flames Friday morning along Fish Creek Falls Road.

The car's driver and owner, 17-year-old Marsh Gooding, fled the car before the fire spread. He was not injured.

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department put the fire out within minutes, but the car was destroyed.

Traffic was redirected using Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Lane for about 30 minutes to free up the intersection at Amethyst Drive and Fish Creek Falls Road.

Gooding, who has owned the car for about a year without having any trouble with it, thinks the car had a fuel line leak.

The Porsche 911 Carrera Targa quit on the way up Amethyst Drive. Gooding said he restarted the car and was trying to make it to his home on Blue Sage Drive.

Gooding said that when he pulled onto Fish Creek Falls Road, he saw flames coming from underneath the hood. He stopped the car, pulled on the emergency brake and ran from the vehicle. As he was running from the car, Gooding said the engine went up in flames.

When the firefighters arrived, the car was engulfed in flames, Capt. Paul Yonekawa said. The fire department used a mix of foam and water to put out the fire.

Deborah Gooding, Marsh Gooding's mother, said it was a collector's car bought in Boulder.

"This was his dream car," she said. "It has been running beautifully and he took such good care of it."

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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