Sunday afternoon car fire in Wal-Mart parking lot destroys one vehicle, damages another, injures no one
HADLEY — Sunday shoppers got an unexpected shock as a parked car in the Hadley Wal-Mart parking lot burst into flames, destroying it, and damaging a second car, but injuring no one.
According to Hadley Fire Chief Jim Kicza, the first call came in about 4 p.m., prompting a response from about a dozen firefighters and Hadley Police.
Police said when officers arrived, flames could be seen in the interior of the vehicle, coming up through the floorboards.
The fire, which Kicza described as “stubborn” fully engulfed the car, leaving it little more than a burned-out husk about 30 minutes later.
The owner of the car, declined to be interviewed.
The fire ignited the interior of a car parked next to it, forcing firefighters to break through its window to extinguish that second fire.
Both vehicles were towed from the lot, according to firefighters.
Kicza said there were reports of explosions, but those were from the car’s four tires exploding from the heat, not from any fuel or other combustible liquids.
Kicza described the fire as “stubborn” due to the vehicle’s full fuel tank which ruptured and continued to leak gasoline, keeping the fire going as firefighters doused it with fire-retardent foam.
“We foamed the heck out of it,” Kisza said.
A group of shoppers gathered in the Wal-Mart foyer to catch a glimpse of the fire and the clean-up efforts as store employees directed foot traffic around the section of parking lot blocked off by police and firefighters.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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