Wild Scene Unfolds As 40 Cars Erupt Into An Absolute Inferno At Auto Auction Lot

  • A frightening scene unfolded at a auto auction lot in Indianapolis when 40 cars waiting to be sold erupted into an inferno this week.
  • It took firefighters more than an hour and a half to get the blaze and accompanying explosions under control.
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The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) had their hands full on Wednesday when approximately 40 cars caught on fire and erupted into an inferno at a auto auction lot at 1:46 a.m. in the morning.

According to a tweet posted by the Indianapolis Fire Department, “Firefighters arrive to find approximately 40 cars ablaze at Insurance Auto Auctions 3202 S Harding St. Crews utilize tanker operations to bring water deep into auto yard and make aggressive attack.”

An hour and 20 minutes later the blaze was finally under control, but the scene as it was burning and in the aftermath of the fire looked like something out of the apocalypse, or Terminator 2.

Fire crews reportedly had to use a forklift to move some vehicles out of the way and lifted cars so that firefighters had better access to the area deeper into the auction lot that were still burning.

IndyStar.com reported that IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith said Insurance Auto Auctions’ management “was looking into the possibility” a lightning strike caused the cars to catch fire. Scattered thunderstorms were reportedly in the Indianapolis area at the time of the blaze.

The Indianapolis Fire Department also reported that explosions heard at the scene were most likely caused by magnesium automotive parts, tires and fuel tanks from the vehicles.

Listed among the cars that were destroyed in the fire were a Kia Soul, Jeep Renegade, Chrysler 200, a Chrysler minivan, and a Mercedes E-Class sedan.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the cars that got burned to a crisp were already considered to be total losses as they were to be sold at auction for parts.