PINEVILLE, N.C. -- Crews from the Pineville Fire Department responded to a business early Wednesday morning following reports of several cars on fire.
Officials told NBC Charlotte 11 to 13 cars went up in flames at Dellinger Wrecker Service on Industrial Drive.
The company said seven to nine vehicles were destroyed. The lot was a mix of client cars and vehicles involved in accidents being held for highway patrol and the fire department.
#UPDATE: Dellinger Wrecker Service says 7-9 cars are “completely destroyed.” Said the 11-13 total cars involved were a mix between client cars & vehicles involved in accidents that they were holding for Hwy Patrol & FD. @wcnc— Ariel Plasencia (@ariel_plasencia) November 8, 2017
The company said they have a camera over the lot, but, unfortunately, it was pointed in the opposite direction of the burning cars. No injuries were reported.
As of early Wednesday morning, the fire marshal's office was investigating whether the cause was arson or accidental.
The owner did not believe the fire was intentional, because something like this has happened before.
#UPDATE: Edgar, owner of Dellinger Wrecker Service, says he doesn’t believe fire was intentional. He says he thinks the wires in one of the cars (which had been involved in an accident) shorted & caught fire, which then spread. Has happened 2x in 25 yrs. @wcnc— Ariel Plasencia (@ariel_plasencia) November 8, 2017
Mecklenburg County Fire crews responded to the scene as well.
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