Vehicles burn, explode on State Police lot

By Staff, wire reports
RAINELLE, W.Va. -- Authorities say no one was injured when five vehicles caught fire and several exploded on a parking lot at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Rainelle.Rainelle Fire Chief Shawn Wolford says the incident is suspicious due to the number of vehicles involved."There was evidence on the scene that we believe shows they were intentionally set," said State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.Wolford says firefighters responding to a call around 1 a.m. Thursday found four vehicles on fire, including a State Police cruiser. Baylous said the total number of vehicles burned was five. Several other vehicles on the lot and the barracks sustained heat damage.
When State Police arrived on the scene, the vehicles were fully engulfed in flames, Baylous said. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread and caused more property damage, he said.Baylous said he was not sure if the area behind the barracks was a secured lot or an open parking lot. He added that the State Police did not own all of the vehicles that were on fire.Wolford says he was awakened by one of the explosions from the fire. He lives about three-quarters of a mile from the barracks.The State Police and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.
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