Lawrenceville Car Fire Under Investigation

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Photo By: Candice McDermott

The cause of an early morning Lawrenceville car fire, which turned the area just off Main St. into a fiery inferno, remains under investigation, according to police.

By: Candice McDermott

“It sounded almost like a spray paint can, and that’s when I looked out the window and saw all the light coming from back here (the alley) and thought ‘that’s a fire,’ and I called the police immediately,” said Sara Shaffer who lives near the location of the fire.

It was about 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 when Shaffer and other Lawrenceville locals noticed the silver Buick Park Avenue aflame in Urbana Way (Alley), in Lawrenceville between Main Street and 42nd Street. The vehicle is property of one of Shaffer’s tenents from Apartment 299 on Main Street was not home the night of the fire.

Photo by Candice McDermott
Photo by Candice McDermott

“I heard a weird noise, like a dryer was going off,” recalled Matthew Hallberg, another local resident, as he reflected upon the sounds that were heard before the flames were spotted.

Sirens began to sound as firefighters drove up the narrow alleyway to the scene around 3:55 a.m. Locals could be spotted peering from their homes, as the Fire Truck 32 pulled into the alleyway. Investigators arrived at the scene of the fire around 4:15 a.m. No statements were given regarding the cause of the fire, but the Buick was towed at 4:55 a.m. to be further investigated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

View the Tweet about the fire from WTAE here.


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