Fire burns cars parked outside Trader Joe’s

Posted at 2:44 PM, Mar 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-29 08:54:45-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) – Wednesday afternoon, four cars burned in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s in the Hilltop section of Virginia Beach.

The call came in at 12:21 p.m.

Virginia Beach Fire Investigators have determined the cause was accidental.

The fire started in a Volkswagen, which experienced a catastrophic mechanical / electrical failure and spread to the neighboring vehicles.

High winds and heavy fuel loads aided the rapid fire spread.

Due to the cataclysmic fire damage, it was impossible for Fire Investigators to determine an exact cause.

In all, four vehicles were totaled from fire damage and additional two vehicles experienced heat and exterior fire damage / cosmetic damage.

The total fire loss was approximately $95,000.