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Fire destroys three cars in Electric Boat parking lot

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Groton — A car caught fire Tuesday morning in the Electric Boat parking lot on Rainville Avenue, and fire quickly spread to two cars, a fence and a neighbor’s yard, Groton City Fire Chief Nicholas Delia said.

All three cars were a total loss. No one was injured and firefighters contained the blaze to the parking lot and yard, Delia said.

Firefighters were called to the lot between 7 and 8 a.m. and found three cars burning, Delia said. The Electric Boat Fire Department went after the fire and the Groton City Fire Department supported them with more water and firefighters. The fire started in a station wagon, then jumped to a pickup truck on one side and four-door sedan on the other, Delia said.

The truck bed was made of fiberglass, which is combustible, and gasoline leaked from one of the cars, fueling the blaze.

“It was hopping there for a couple of minutes,” Delia said.

The Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department also was called, and used a hydrant on Benham Road to bring more water to the scene. The fire was out in about 30 minutes.

Electric Boat security notified the car owners, all employees.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a mechanical problem in one of the vehicles, Delia said.

d.straszheim@theday.com

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