Cars, scooters torched in NW D.C.
D.C. police and fire investigators are probing an unusual overnight incident in which three motor scooters and two cars were set on fire in a residential Northwest Washington neighborhood.
The fires, and the resulting investigation, prompted police to close upper 16th Street to traffic during the first part of Wednesday morning's commute. Officials reopened the street, an important commuter artery, about 8 a.m.
Firefighters were called to the 3500 block of 16th Street shortly before 4 a.m. for a report of a vehicle fire, D.C. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.
Crews found three scooters chained to a tree in front of a house. All three scooters were burning. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes, alerted investigators and left the scene, Piringer said.
Then, he added, "just as they were backing into the fire station, they received another call for a car on fire" on the same block of 16th Street. This time, firefighters found two parked cars "fully engulfed" in flames, Piringer said.
The fires also caused significant damage to two other cars parked nearby. Crews again extinguished the blazes without incident, and no one was injured, Piringer said.
The fire department's arson squad and D.C. police are investigating.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
-- Debbi Wilgoren
August 25, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Categories: Fires & Fire Safety , The District
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