Grandview FD: 'Suspicious' fires burn storage facility, cars

Posted at 6:37 AM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 13:15:26-04

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — The Grandview fire marshal said his department is investigating a series of "suspicious" fires that destroyed a private storage facility and several old vehicles.

The fires took place just after midnight Wednesday along Robinson Pike Road.

Fire Marshal Lew Austin said crews first responded to a property where two old cars were burning. They quickly realized a storage warehouse at the neighboring property was on fire.

Austin said the warehouse caught fire quickly and easily because it was full of several items. Austin said no one lives at the property — the owner simply uses it for storage.

"It is filled with all kinds of everything, vehicles, you name it. It's filled with everything. It's a wood-framed building with heavy fire involvement, that's why we're overhauling the exterior because you can't safely put guys inside," Austin said.

Austin called the fires suspicious and said they are linked. Once the sun rises, investigators will work to determine what caused the fires.

No firefighters were hurt battling the fire. The fire chief said they don't believe anyone was inside the warehouse that burned, but they'll confirm that once investigators go inside at daybreak.