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A fire aboard a car transport tractor-trailer destroyed eight brand new BMWs and one other vehicle early Saturday morning near the intersection of Savannah Highway (U.S. 321) and Wren Street in North. According to a report from the North Volunteer Fire Department, which responded, the blaze appeared to have originated at the rear of the hauler as the result of the trailer’s rear brakes locking up.

NORTH — Volunteer firemen responding to a call about a vehicle fire early Saturday morning discovered not one but six vehicles on fire and two more partially involved in a blaze on a car transport truck near the intersection of Savannah  Highway (U.S. 321) and Wren Street.

North firefighters arrived at the scene around 4:42 a.m., according to North Fire Department Assistant Chief Christopher Livingston. He said six brand-new BMWs were ablaze and others were partially involved in the fire.

Livingston said the massive fire destroyed eight new BMWs and one other new vehicle on the hauler. He said the truck driver hauling the cars was able to disconnect the tractor-trailer cab from the hauler and drive it off to prevent it from being destroyed in the fire.

According to the report, a “quick and very coordinated fire attack from the North Fire Department, using water and 30 gallons of foam, stopped the fire in its tracks and prevented any further fire spread.” The firefighters were also able to prevent any hazardous runoff, it was noted.

The blaze originated in the rear of the hauler and appeared to be caused by the rear brakes locking up on the hauler, Livingston said. The fire then quickly spread throughout the hauler to the other vehicles.

The fire resulted in an estimated loss of $750,000, making it one of the most expensive fire-related property losses in the North Fire Department’s history, according to the report.

Contact the writer: 803-539-8429.

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