Overnight Car Fire Under Investigation

No one was injured when a car went up in flames early Friday morning in Sturtevant.

Sturtevant Police and South Shore Fire responded overnight to a call of a car on fire.

According to reports, dispatch received a call at 1:33 a.m. Friday of a car fully engulfed in the 8900 block of Corliss Avenue. The caller said the car was underneath a second-floor bedroom window where children were sleeping.

SSFD arrived at 1:36 a.m. and had the fire put out ten minutes later, at 1:46 a.m. While the heat from the flames warped and melted some of the siding on the residence, the building itself was not damaged and no one was hurt.

There was some concern because the blazing vehicle was near gas meters so WE Energies was called as a precaution.

When Patch was on scene late Friday morning, a witness was also taking photos and told us she thought the fire was deliberate.

"We had just dropped off a friend's truck and all was fine," she said. "An hour later, the car was on fire, right below a child's room."

The woman told us she believed an accelerant had been used to start the blaze after someone had also damaged another vehicle in the lot by keying it and slashing tires.

Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire. If anyone has information, they are encouraged to leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, online at http://racine.crimestoppersweb.com, or texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.


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