Fire officials have determined it was a flaming Volkswagen Beetle that triggered a fire that destroyed three units and caused smoke damage in others at a self-storage facility in Flagler Beach, Fla.
Fire erupted at Eagle's Nest Storage on April 6. Further investigation has revealed tenants who owned the car had been in the unit working on it. When they tried to start it, the car caught on fire. Local Fire Chief Don Petito told the source the car had been smoldering for a while before the larger fire was noticeable and the fire department was notified. Calls actually came from the Publix grocery store across the street.
No one was injured and no other businesses were affected. The cost of damages has not been determined, and the state fire marshal is still investigating. Flagler Beach is located about 20 miles north of Daytona Beach on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
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