||Violin Survives Tyre Fire
A violin miraculously survived a severe fire in a flat in Kent.
The flat, which belonged to a music teacher from Sevenoaks was completely gutted in the fire. "I didn’t expect anything to survive in there," she said, "so I literally couldn’t believe it when I saw my violin was still almost in one piece."
The violin had been kept in a Hiscox case and had only suffered some minor damage - blistering to the varnish, snapped strings and the neck had pulled out because the glue had perished.
The fire officer at the scene said the fire had started in the yard of a tyre company next door to the flat. They regularly burned old tyres and on this occasion the fire had got out of control and set fire to the flat.
"I was amazed," he said, "I thought the violin would be a lump of charcoal after that fire. Considering the severity of the fire I am sure the case prevented any further major damage to the instrument, and the case itself was still relatively intact."
The flat was so badly damaged, it took a year to rebuild. The violin was easily repaired and the music teacher did not hesitate in choosing another Hiscox case as a replacement.
A spokesman for the company said, "Because of the high quality of our products, many people perceive our cases to be expensive, but in fact, they are very competitively priced and offer a level of protection no other case in their class can match, as this incident shows, and with an excellent Guarantee they represent unbeatable value for money."