chris/CO149 (co149) wrote,

Just another night in the hood, I guess

At about 1:30 am today, we were waken up by a continually sounding car horn on our street. When I got up to see what the problem was I discovered a car burning in the street. I went out to see if anyone needed help, my wife called 911. The driver of the car was not around, and we feared he or she might yet be inside. Meanwhile, my next door neighbor was valiantly fighting the fire with a one gallon bucket. I told him the fire department was coming and advised him to get back before the thing exploded. (That didn't happen, but we did have a couple of heart stoppers as windows blew out.)

Engine 30 arrived five minutes later and brought the fire under control. There was no one in the car. Naturally no one saw the car pull up or the driver leave. The fire set off the car alarm which was the horn that woke everyone up.

Engine 30 called for police assistance and a fire marshal, suspecting arson. Several police officers arrived to secure the area and interview neighbors. The fire marshal would be delayed, alas, due to another car fire on Rainier Ave S at S Alaska St. (This other car fire turned out to be due to an electrical short).

The license plate was run and was found to belong to an address in Wallingford. Attempts to contact the owner were not immediately successful.

Shortly after the fire marshall arrived, the police were called to an incident on I-5 involving a fellow officer and some handguns.

The fire marshal was heard to indicate the car fire was caused by a road flare. After completing his report, the fire marshal dismissed the engine company and returned to his base. The burned car was left unattended for about 10 minutes before a police officer finally returned to monitor the scene and coordinate with the towing company.

The impound was complete at about 3:35 am.

Please, folks, if you need to set a car on fire then let the neighbors know first, OK?

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