PONTA VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Flashing emergency lights got the attention of Dr. Jeffrey Brink on Monday morning, but not in a good way.
"I was on my way to work and happened to look over at the storage unit. I saw all the flashing lights," he said.
Brink decided to turn around to check out what was happening. He discovered a Ponta Vedra Beach storage facility where he keeps something very special was on fire.
That's when he told First Coast News that six words immediately went through his mind. "I can't believe this is happening."
Right around the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, Brink bought a Honda S2000 convertible sports car in Denver.
"I had no other form of transportation. I went down to the Honda dealer to buy a Civic, but the dealer convinced me to buy a little fancy two-seat sports car," he laughed.
Brink remembers taking his new car all the way across the country to get back to Florida. "I drove that home with the convertible down, the whole 2,000 miles."
More recently, the car has been sitting in storage and Brink was even considering selling it. But he said he never forgot about how special it is to him.
"It's a classic. Very low mileage," he said.
But he is saddened now to know the car he holds so dear could be a total loss.
The St. Johns County Fire & Rescue Department said Monday's fire started around 6:20 a.m. in a single storage unit and spread to at least one other.
"They saw smoke coming from a large unit in the mini-storage. They had to open all the doors and find the actual units that were on fire," said Capt. Andrew O'Quinn.
Firefighters had everything under control in about 25 minutes. No injuries are being reported.
First Coast News asked O'Quinn how many total units sustained any combination of fire, smoke or water damage. O'Quinn did not have an exact number, but a deputy on scene with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said it ranged from 10-12.
Each one, like Brink's, contained personal items. At least one other person on scene said they also had a car damaged by the fire.
Brink said from what he knows so far, the outlook for salvaging his vehicle doesn't look good. "The driver's side mirror is melted. The bumper is melted. The hood is completely burned off. The window is melted."
But what remains are his memories.
"It's one of those cars that when you have it, you know it's there. Now, I think about how it won't be there," he said.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.