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OREM — Fireplace investigators decided an engine malfunction was in charge in a hearth that destroyed three automobiles and broken a number of others in a car parking zone on the Utah Valley College campus over the weekend.
“If you get dispatched to a automotive hearth, you anticipate one unit concerned and then you definately rapidly discover out that it is a number of automobiles concerned,” stated Assistant Chief Shaun Hirst of the Orem Fireplace Division.
UVU police notified firefighters of the hearth at roughly 5 a.m. Saturday. It occurred simply outdoors the Nationwide Guard constructing on the west aspect of UVU’s campus.
When firefighters arrived, they discovered three automobiles engulfed in flames, together with one with a U.S. authorities license plate and one other with propane tanks inside.
Firefighters knocked down the flames, which destroyed three automobiles and broken seven different autos. All of them have been shut off and parked.
Hirst described the scene as uncommon — however not suspicious. “Not widespread. It isn’t widespread that we see a automotive that is been sitting all night time, catch hearth.”
“I believe the most important factor is we simply wish to know what occurred,” Todd Roberts stated.
Roberts’ brother had simply discovered his motorbike vandalized outdoors his condo that morning. When he known as it into police, he discovered concerning the hearth on the car parking zone subsequent to the advanced.
Roberts stated it was later that day that he realized, “Oh, crap. My automotive was burned.”
Investigators level to a Ford recall in 2017 that concerned some fashions having points with their engines catching hearth attributable to a scarcity of coolant circulation.
Investigators imagine the hearth began underneath the hood of a 2014 Ford Focus. They stated the driving force had traveled far from out of the county the night time earlier than it caught hearth.
“If there may be recollects, hunt down the help, get these taken care of. I believe it most likely may have helped on this occasion,” Hirst stated.
Hirst stated nobody was injured within the hearth.