HENRICO, Va – 16 vehicles sustained damage after a fire on the lot of Copart Auto Auction. Saturday afternoon Henrico County Division of Fire responded to a report of a possible vehicle on fire at 5701 Whiteside Road. As fire units approached they observed a large column of smoke in the sky and requested additional resources.
With a hydrant over 1000 feet away multiple units made up the water supply line to the fire scene. When units arrived they discovered a fire on the inside of the fenced lot that was surrounded by a 9000 volt electric fence. First in units were familiar with the property through preplans were able to make entry without injuring any firefighters.
Once on the property fire units discovered a large parking area with hundreds of vehicles parked within inches of each other. As units approached the fire they found multiple cars heavily involved. Crews quickly placed hand lines in operation to extinguish the fire and protect the remainder of the lot. A total of 16 cars were involved in this fire of unknown cause.
A fire investigator is on scene to determine how this fire started. The fence was checked and found to be intact around the lot.
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