‘Igniting, one after another’: More than a dozen cars burn in tow lot fire in Regency

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At least 15 cars burned Thursday morning in a fire at a tow lot on Lee Road in the Regency area of Arlington, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

JFRD said the fire is suspicious, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives Investigations are investigating.

Capt. Eric Prosswimmer with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said this fire spread quickly.

“The lot itself, the cars are really condensed together,” Prosswimmer said. “They were igniting, one after another, with fuels, tires, everything involved.”

The city’s biohazard team was also at the scene because of hazardous runoff from putting out the fire, Prosswimmer said.

“You are dealing with fuel tanks leaking. You are dealing with tires that were burning heavily in plastic,” Prosswimmer said. “You are dealing with plastics in hidden spots. There was a lot going on there. After fuel tanks ruptured, we got to a point where we had to use foam to suppress the fumes and put the whole thing out.”

The fire was not far from a school bus depot that also caught on fire last month, leaving two people injured.

No injuries were reported in Thursday’s fire.

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