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Utah Police investigating over 20 cars burned as possible arson attack at Salt Lake City airport

July 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Utah Police investigating over 20 cars burned as possible arson attack at Salt Lake City airport

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20 cars set ablaze at Salt Lake City airport investigated as possible arson attack

An overnight fire last week in the parking lot at the Salt Lake City International Airport destroyed over 20 vehicles, caused approximately $500,000 worth of damages, prompting an arson probe by police investigators.

Firefighters responded to the incident at roughly 12:30 a.m. on Sunday in the parking lot where Hertz Rental Car Lot is located.

Captain Kyle Lavender, of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, told Fox13 that the fire doubled in size between the time emergency personnel were dispatched and when they arrived.

“These are cars parked bumper to bumper, and with the winds we had and the heat the cars were giving off, it was spreading quickly,” Lavender told Fox 13.

The source of the fire is currently being investigated, but Lavender revealed that the incident seems suspicious.

“These vehicles are not even a year old, so not a lot of reasons that this should happen.”

Firefighters also fought a blaze at the local Chevron oil refinery on Saturday, but it is not clear whether the two incidents are linked.

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