3 Vehicles Destroyed by Fire in West Valley Neighborhood

Police searching for suspect(s)

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Officials from the West Valley City Police Department and West Valley City Fire Department are on the hunt for the person(s) that set fire to three vehicles early Sunday morning in the same neighborhood.

"Obviously it's pretty suspicious when you have three within a few blocks all at the same time," said Jed Peters, Battalion Chief, West Valley City Fire Department.

Just after 6:00 a.m. Peters said one of their units was dispatched on a vehicle fire. Shortly after crews arrived on scene, they received calls regarding additional fires.

"We woke up to a loud popping noise around 6:30 a.m.," Aaron Eul explained to Good4Utah's Brittany Johnson. "We thought it was just a car accident on the main street but then I noticed my girlfriend's car was on fire."

"She's pretty sad because this is her only car but there's nothing we can do besides just wait for the insurance I guess."

Eul has a surveillance camera on his property but Peters said it wasn't working at the time of the fire-- meaning officials will have to talk to neighbors to see if they saw anyone suspicious in the area during the attacks.

"We don't know for sure what we're looking at as far as suspects or anything like that." ... "We're looking at some of the other homes in the area to see if we can determine if anybody else has anything else that would be useful."

Brenda Gonzalez and her husband Fernando were both awake when one of the vehicles caught fire.

"I was up with my baby I was changing his diaper. I heard the car alarm go off, and I looked out the window and I just saw flames. He {Fernando} was in the room with our daughter and I ran in and was like hey the car is on fire get up... like get up!" 

"At first I thought it could have just been an engine issue that it caught on fire until the fire department started telling us there was other cars involved. It looks like it might have started here with our car and then it just went down that way down the street."

"Did you think it was going to spread to the house?" Good4Utah's Brittany Johnson asked.

"Yea! I mean it did damages. I was scared because we have three girls inside. We have almost a two month old inside, so we had to wrap them up in blankets and hoodies and take them out as far as we could from the flames."

Brenda has a message for the person(s) responsible for all three fires.

"You gotta find something better to do. Just to go around and set people's cars on fire, you've really got nothing else to do. And your life's gotta be really sad."

Officials said there is no threat to the public.

 


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