Fire chief: 26 cars destroyed when flames erupt in Melville parking lot
At least 26 cars were destroyed in Melville Monday after a fire spread in a parking lot, fire officials say.
Suffolk police say a call came in just before 3 p.m. for cars on fire in a lot on Broadhollow Road. The lot is next to the Huntington Hilton.
When fire crews arrived, they said the cars were so crammed in that they couldn't quickly manage the fire. Sixty firefighters from five departments responded to the lot.
"At that time there were only three to four cars burning... we were unable to gain access since there were literally hundreds of cars blocking access," says Melville Fire Chief David Kaplan.
The lot is used to store about 1,000 repossessed Uber vehicles. Besides the 26 destroyed vehicles, at least 20 others were damaged. Total losses are estimated at about $1 million.
Kaplan says the blaze is not considered suspicious, and that it occurred when a car overheated while workers were moving them around.
The fire was under control in about an hour. Two firefighters suffered injuries -- one for heat exhaustion, the other for an eye injury.
Fast Track Mobility, the company that runs the lot, would not comment on the situation.