Dozens of vehicles damaged after massive fire erupts in Taunton car lot

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TAUNTON, Mass (WPRI) — Nearly three dozen cars were damaged in a massive fire that broke out inside a Taunton lot Friday evening, according to Taunton Deputy Fire Chief Scott Dexter.

Dexter said there are roughly 4,000 vehicles in the IAA Auto Auction car lot on Myricks Street, but only about 30 of them were damaged.

“I was expecting it to be a lot worse,” Dexter said of the fire. “It wasn’t that windy, but it was moving. It takes a lot to get a car on fire but once it gets going, it takes a lot to put it out. They were parked close together, the proximity, so when one got going it just kept jumping from one car to the next.”

Smoke could be seen pouring from fully engulfed vehicles in the car lot, some of which ended up burning all the way down to their frames.

Dexter said no one was injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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