New York Daily News
More than a dozen vehicles caught fire at New Jersey’s Newark Airport early Thursday.
No injuries were reported.
The fire started on the rooftop of the garage at Terminal C shortly before 7 a.m., according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Seventeen cars eventually caught fire and 15 of them were destroyed. Firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze as temperatures hovered in the single digits and wind chills dropped as low as 25 below zero.
Investigators believe an electrical malfunction caused the first car to catch fire and it quickly spread to the others, police sources said. The owner of the original car told investigators he had worked on his vehicle’s alternator a week ago.
When Port Authority police ran the driver’s name, they found he was wanted on multiple warrants, including failing to show up in court on a case of driving on a suspended license. He was placed under arrest but his name was not immediately released.
BREAKING: Cars burning on top of Newark Airport parking garage. Firefighters working to gain control right now. pic.twitter.com/eFxoS9UMaY
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 31, 2019
“He’s really having a bad day,” a law enforcement source said.
The airport shut down traffic to Terminal C’s arrival and passenger pickup area. Travelers were directed to look for parking at alternate garages.
Officials reopened the arrivals roadway just before 9 a.m.
By David Boroff , Clayton Guse and Thomas Tracy
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