Fire marshal investigates burned vehicles at Toyota dealership

Jon Wilcox By Jon Wilcox

Nov. 13, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

Burned vehicles sit at the back of the Toyota of Victoria lot. Three vehicles caught on fire about 5:30 a.m. Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Burned vehicles sit at the back of the Toyota of Victoria lot. Three vehicles caught on fire about 5:30 a.m. Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

The Victoria Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a blaze that consumed several vehicles at a Toyota dealership Monday morning.

"We are not to the point where we can rule out whether it was intentional or accidental," said Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler.

Firefighters arrived at Toyota of Victoria, 5902 N. Navarro St., about 5:45 a.m. to find three vehicles engulfed in flames in a back parking lot. Although investigators found no evidence of a bomb or human-made incendiary device, arson remained a possibility, he said.

Legler did not know how long the fire had been burning before firefighters arrived.

"We are still working on building a time frame," he said.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Damage from the fire included the parking lot's fence and the three burned vehicles, which were destroyed. Those vehicles did not appear to be new, he said.

Describing the investigation as being in its early stages, Legler said officials planned to interview witnesses and check on leads.

Investigators also will review security camera footage that captured the dealership's back parking lot. Although Legler said he did not know whether forensic evidence had been collected, testing such evidence could take two weeks.

Toyota of Victoria officials did not return phone calls requesting comment Monday.


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