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Local Firefighters Snuff Out Salem's Third Car Fire This Month

Salem firefighters extinguished a car that burst into flames in a Boston Street parking lot Monday afternoon.

Salem firefighters made quick work of a car that burst into flames while parked outside of Sunshine Laundry on Boston Street Monday morning.

At 11:59 a.m., police responded to the area of 19 Boston St. for a report of a Honda Accord that was fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle's owner told police she parked her car at about 11:30 a.m. and ran inside to do her laundry. Sometime between then an noon, she said, it caught on fire.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze by using approximately 300 gallons of water from one of the department's fire engines.

The cause of the fire, which is believed to have broken out in the vehicle's dashboard area, remains under investigation, Fire Lt. Richard Thomas said Monday night.

The vehicle was reported as a complete loss and was towed from the scene.

Monday's fire was the city's third vehicle fire in less than a week.

Firefighters doused two vehicle fires last Monday. One on Fort Hill Avenue and the other, which was deemed suspicious, was allegedly set on Washington Square Monday night.

Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.

A. December 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
This happens far too often. I wouldn't just assume or accept the idea that any of these fires were accidents. It's some sort of gang activity or just bored piece of trash of trash kids. Look at the fire next to Major's in September. The cops need to be far more aggressive in these neighborhoods.

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