Creston-Kenilworth blaze guts vehicle of 'car camper'
When neighbors and passers-by spotted a car on fire in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood on Monday, November 9, several of them called it in to the 9-1-1 Center.
One of those who called in the blaze, on Center Street just west of S.E. Foster Road, told dispatchers that he thought at least one person had been living in the car.
Firefighters from both Woodstock Fire Station 25 and Lents Station 11 were dispatched at 2:29 p.m.
The burning auto turned out to be unoccupied when Station 11's firefighters arrived, but the car was already fully engulfed in flames.
Pulling out a "booster hose" from their truck, firefighters hooked it to a Class-A foam dispensing unit and sprayed down the interior of the vehicle. It took about 15 minutes to fully smother the persistent fire, which had destroyed the inside of the car and its tires, as well as a number of personal items which had spilled out across the sidewalk.
A PF&R lieutenant told THE BEE at the scene that no one had been in or near the car. The fire had burned so fiercely, it was difficult to determine the cause of the blaze.
A PF&R Fire Investigator was dispatched to the scene. There is no word whether anyone who might have occupied it later returned to the car. The incident is still under investigation.
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