Fire in Littlefield destroys 3 vehicles, including 1950s Chevy pickup, that owner had planned to restore

Firefighters respond to a three-vehicle fire in a remote area off Desert Springs Road in Littlefield, Ariz., May 18, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Firefighters worked quickly to prevent three vehicle fires from spreading to a vast area covered in brush and dried grass in Littlefield, Arizona, Saturday.

A fire engine arrives at the scene of a three-vehicle fire in Littlefield, Ariz., May 18, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

Shortly after 6 a.m. firefighters responded to the fire off Desert Springs Road. The fire was reported in a remote area that was difficult to find, Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said. “We even used Google and couldn’t locate that address.”

With no discernible address, fire crews caught sight of the smoke and quickly followed it to the scene where they found three vehicles burning.

Two of the vehicles were fully engulfed in flames and were “pretty much consumed by the fire,” Hunt said, while the third, an older 1950s Chevrolet pickup truck, “was engulfed but not completely burned.”

Fire crews extinguished the fire within minutes, Hunt said, before it had a chance to spread to other vehicles or nearby brush.

Firefighters respond to a three-vehicle fire in a remote area off Desert Springs Road in Littlefield, Ariz., May 18, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

“With all of the grasses out there, had we had any wind, that fire could have easily spread to the wildlands,” Hunt said. “But thankfully, we were able to knock it down quickly.”

Firefighters remained at the scene and continued to douse the vehicles to cool them down using water stored in a fire engine.

The owner of the vehicles told responders he was keeping them at the empty dirt lot and had planned to restore them at some point, Hunt said.

Firefighters fully cleared the scene in less than an hour. No injuries were reported, and damage was confined to the three vehicles.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, and the incident is under investigation.

This report is based on statements emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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