The Tifton Police Department and Tifton-Tift County Fire Department responded to several vehicle fires in the Tifton area late last week.
According to an incident report filed at the TPD, Sgt. Jody Abad was sent to a residence in the 700 block of Collins Street early Thursday morning in reference to a vehicle fire. On arrival, a black 2012 Mercedes E350 was showing visible flames under the hood area. The alarm was activated and lights were activated by the alarm.
Abad reported that the fire department arrived a short time later and put the fire out. Damage to the vehicle was the entire engine compartment and smoke damage to the interior.
Two other cases that have also been ruled suspicious occurred Thursday and Saturday. A report states that officer Bryan Rhodes reported Saturday night that he was sent to a residence in the 500 block of Alder Street for a vehicle fire. When he and other officers arrived, they blocked the street off for the fire department to put the fire out in the vehicle, a 2006 blue Chevrolet Impala. The complainant reported that she had heard a vehicle speed down the road, and when she went to see what was going on, she noticed that her vehicle was on fire.
Also, The Tifton Gazette previously reported that a woman who lives in the 400 block of East 12th Street reported Thursday that someone stole her vehicle from her backyard on Dec. 8. She said the keys were not in the vehicle and the doors were locked. She reported that she was contacted by a Tifton police officer inquiring about the whereabouts of her vehicle. She said the officer informed her that her vehicle had been set on fire and abandoned on Jones Road near Chula.
Fire Chief Mike Coleman said all three of these cases are under investigation.
He also noted that the cause of a vehicle fire reported Thursday at a residence located in the 1500 block of Pickard Avenue was electrical. A report states that the engine area of a red 2007 Chevrolet Impala was fully engulfed in flames. The fire department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire. The owner of the vehicle reported that he awoke to a popping noise and looked outside to see his vehicle on fire.
An attempted vehicle fire was also reported Saturday morning on Old Omega Road. According to an incident report, officer Jason Waite reported that he responded to the scene. The owner of a 2007 Toyota Avalon reported that someone attempted to burn his vehicle. He said he was inside the apartment when he heard multiple gun shots outside.
He walked outside and observed several males fleeing the area, running toward Peterson Apartments. He looked toward his vehicle and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. However, when he awoke in the morning, he discovered an area on the trunk of his vehicle that appeared to have been burned.
Waite reported that there was an area approximately 10 inches in diameter on the driver’s side of the trunk lid that appeared to have the burned remains of a Wendy’s French fry box with an unidentified crystallized substance spreading in a circular pattern from the center of the burn mark. The main body of the vehicle didn’t catch fire and the only damage was to the 10-inch area of the trunk lid.