Officials calling a vehicle fire suspicious


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Otter Creek Township Fire Department was called to a storage unit in northern Vigo County early Tuesday morning for a suspicious car fire.

Just before 8 a.m. fire officials were called to a storage unit at the corner of 29½ and Morris Avenue.

The car located at the storage unit was totaled and completely charred.

Robert Kratzer, who lives behind the storage unit, told News 10 he was sitting in his kitchen when he heard the explosion.

“I heard a couple booms this morning there was one light boom,” he explained. “In the time it took me too grab a cup of coffee and sit down I heard a big boom and seen the black smoke coming out.”

Assistant Chief Bryan Mount stated it is a strange situation since a car doesn’t just go up in flames out of no where.

“Well, when we arrived we had a vehicle fully engulfed in front of these storage units,” Mount said. “The whole premise was locked up. Unknown how it started but it looked suspicious – but at this point we really don’t know.”

Kratzer also stated the car was abandoned.

“The car has been sitting there since last fall, there’s no reason why it should automatically catch on fire. So I think it’s just something body messing with it. That’s just my opinion,” Kratzer said.

Fire investigators say a cause is unknown at this time and the fire is under investigation.

News 10 called the owner of the storage lot but he did not return our calls.

If you have any information that could help police call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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