Blaze burns cars in parking lot
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Cartersville Fire Department Sgt. John Stanfield investigates a car fire that damaged three cars in the parking lot near Moe’s off East Church Street in Cartersville.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News Cartersville Fire Department Sgt. John Stanfield investigates a car fire that damaged three cars in the parking lot near Moe’s off East Church Street in Cartersville.
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Things got a bit overheated in the parking lot of a Cartersville shopping center Wednesday.

According to Cartersville Fire Department Investigator Capt. Eric Williams, an engine compartment fire in a 2001 Ford Expedition just after 1 p.m. in the parking lot near Moe’s burned the SUV and two nearby cars.

Williams said the owner was inside a business when passersby advised her a vehicle was smoking. The woman exited to find her vehicle and a nearby 2012 Nissan Altima and a 2013 Toyota Rav4 engulfed.

The crew from CFD station 1 extinguished the blaze, which left the SUV a total loss. The Nissan was driveable, but the damage to the sedan and Toyota will be determined by insurance.

Williams said no foul play is suspected and the cause remains undetermined.

In other fire news, two fires reported Tuesday were flagged as potential arson cases.

In the first case, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to the scene of a mobile home fire just after 7 a.m. on Joe Stella Drive in Acworth. The deputy said Bartow County Fire Department personnel called for an officer after the blaze began in a structure that was vacant and without power.

There was no suspect at the time of the report.

Also Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to Rock Fence Road No. 2 where a neighbor said a fire in the wood line across from his property had started. He made the report because a similar fire had started in the same location in the past.

According to BCFD Sgt. Lisa Hahn, the grass-woods fire began about 10:42 p.m., was under control within two minutes and the crew from station 1 was back in service at 10:55 p.m.

Firefighters did rake a fire break around the blaze as a precaution, Hahn said.