Neil Young has broken his silence about a warehouse fire that destroyed valuable memorabilia, insisting human error was to blame for the blaze.
In a statement released on Tuesday (16Nov10) the Heart of Gold rocker thanked fire service officials who raced to the scene and minimalised the damage, but insisted reports suggesting the fire was caused by a fault in a classic car he was working on are incorrect.
The statement reads, "We are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire at our warehouse last week. My wife Pegi and I would like to thank the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Dept for doing such an exemplary job. A lot of archival items were threatened and the Fire Department did a first class job protecting them. We are lucky to have these professionals in our area."
He adds, "The LincVolt (car) suffered a disastrous accidental fire stemming from human error. The car was plugged in to charge and left unattended. 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."