9 vehicles catch hearth at Insurance coverage Auto Auctions in Suffolk – Information 3 WTKR NorfolkAugust 17, 2022
SUFFOLK, Va. – 9 vehicles in an public sale lot in Suffolk caught hearth Monday morning.
Suffolk firefighters received the decision simply earlier than 4:30 a.m. and arrived on scene to Insurance coverage Auto Auctions within the 1300 block of Portsmouth Boulevard minutes later.
Flames reached 15-20 toes excessive, in line with Suffolk Fireplace Marshal Chris Cornwell.
“The vehicles are shut sufficient collectively that when one begins burning like we noticed on this case, it spreads from automobile to automobile to automobile,” Cornwell mentioned.
When crews arrived on the scene, they mentioned they discovered a complete of 9 vehicles absolutely engulfed in flames with no extension to the constructing on the property.
Fireplace crews labored shortly to extinguish the fires and utilized firefighting foam to include the gas that was leaking from the burning automobiles. The fireplace was below management at 5:08 a.m.
Investigators say combating the blaze had its challenges.
Cornwell mentioned firefighters needed to lower the lock to the gate and due to how secluded the salvage yard is, there have been no hearth hydrants.
Crews had to herald water on vehicles and used foam to get the higher hand and stop flames from spreading much more.
“We’ve received oil; we’ve received gasoline, petroleum merchandise, tires, a lot of various things burning in a salvage yard,” mentioned Cornwell.
Investigators say the public sale website’s safety cameras detected the flames and alerted 911.
They are saying they don’t suspect anybody deliberately set the vehicles on hearth however consider the flames may have began from one of many automobile’s batteries.
“The automobile the place the hearth originated appeared to have been broken initially as a consequence of a frontal impression within the crash that totaled the automobile that laned it within the salvage yard within the first place,” Cornwell mentioned. “There was already harm to the entrance finish, so it may have been any variety of issues – harm to the wiring; harm to the connectors; harm to the battery already that brought on that battery itself to malfunction. We’re nonetheless working with the property proprietor and the enterprise itself to attempt to collect info on this automobile as to how lengthy it had been there and below what situations was it introduced there.”
No firefighters have been harm.
The fireplace is below investigation by the Suffolk Division of Fireplace & Rescue Fireplace Marshal’s Workplace.
Fireplace investigators are reviewing surveillance cameras from the enterprise and must be executed with their investigation by the tip of the week.
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