Police investigating multiple car fires in east Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Police are investigating multiple car fires within the past week, Sgt. Chris Vollmer said.

On Saturday, a car fire was reported around 2:51 a.m. near 70th and A Streets.

Officers arrived and found a Hyundai Tuscon and Chevy Equinox, both destroyed by the flames, Vollmer said.

Police estimate the value of the Tuscon around $16,000 and the Equinox at about $6,000.

Fire inspector Tom Schmidt says the origin of the blaze likely came from papers that were set on fire inside of the vehicles.

Right now, there are no named suspects, according to Vollmer.

Last Tuesday, Lincoln Fire & Rescue and officers responded to a car fire near 70th and A Streets around 2:19 a.m.

Vollmer said dispatch had received reports of a Buick Lacrosse fully engulfed in flames.  Schmidt determined the cause of the fire was an electrical issue in the vehicle’s dash.

Later around 2:58 a.m., another car fire was reported around 70th and O Streets and involved a Honda Accord.

Schmidt said that the cause of the fire was a textbook lit on the rear passenger floorboard.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 402-475-3600.

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