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Neil Young warehouse fire started in car

Neil Young, left, and record producer Daniel Lanois with the hybrid car
Image caption Neil Young, pictured with record producer Daniel Lanois, says he will rebuild the LincVolt car

A fire at a warehouse owned by Neil Young started in a 1959 Lincoln Continental car he had converted into a hybrid vehicle, authorities have said.

Fire crews said they saved about 70% of contents in the San Francisco Bay area warehouse including cars, guitars and memorabilia in the 9 November blaze.

The fire caused damage estimated at $850,000 (£534,000) to his possessions.

Young said he was committed to rebuilding the damaged car which he converted to promote fuel efficiency.

No-one was injured in the fire which Young blamed on human error.

"The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended," he said in a statement.

"A mistake was made - it was not the fault of the car."

Young had customised the car - dubbed the LincVolt - to run on batteries and a generator powered by bio-diesel.

The project was chronicled on the website LincVolt.com and in a four-part series of films.

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