Multiple agencies spotted a large column of smoke, and flames visible from I-35W, as they responded to the large-scale Christmas Eve fire, officials said.
DENTON COUNTY, Texas — Almost 60 vehicles were set ablaze in a fire that sparked at an automobile auction facility in Denton County early on Sunday morning, officials said.
At 1:32 a.m., Denton County Emergency Services District 1 said its crews were dispatched to a report of a suspected grassfire along the 3700 Block of McPherson Drive in Northlake.
While travelling along I-35W en route to the scene, officials said responders spotted a large column of smoke and flames visible from the highway. Upon arriving at the fire, officials said, crews found multiple vehicles engulfed in flames at a large automobile auction facility.
In all, officials said 58 vehicles were affected by the fire, which took around 90 minutes to extinguish.
Crews from the Flower Mound Fire Department, the Justin Volunteer Fire Department, the Roanoke Fire Department, the Tarrant County Emergency Services District and the City of Denton Fire Department also responded to the scene, covering the flanks of the fire, Denton County Emergency Services District 1 said.
Front loaders from All American Towing were also employed at the scene to move vehicles and create a fire break along the line of vehicles stored in the lot, Denton County Emergency Services District 1 added.
The fire was officially declared out at 3:09 a.m., officials said.
The Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office will be tasked with investigating the incident, Denton County Emergency Services District 1 said.
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