Jeep Bursts Into Flames In Busy Parking Lot, No Injuries

Photo courtesy Lindsay Cardwell, Ocean County Scanner News

TOMS RIVER – A busy shopping center was buzzing with police and emergency activity as a vehicle burst into flames. Part of the incident was caught on video.

Ocean County Scanner News was on the scene, streaming the incident on their Facebook page.

Toms River Police said Karen Varela-Nieto was driving her 2012 Jeep Compass on Route 37 east on Saturday afternoon. She noticed some black smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle so she pulled into the parking lot of the Kohl’s Department Store. Varela-Nieto and her passengers left the Jeep and immediately called 911. A short time later, the vehicle was a raging inferno.

Photo courtesy Lindsay Cardwell, Ocean County Scanner News

Chief Mitch Little told Jersey Shore OnlineĀ “when the officers arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Thankfully, no one was injured.”

Little added “another vehicle, a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, suffered damage from the extreme heat. It was parked about 20 feet away from the Jeep. It was still driveable.”

Photo courtesy Lindsay Cardwell, Ocean County Scanner News

Toms River Fire Company Number 2 responded and extinguished the blaze. The Jeep was later towed away by a police department duty wrecker.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

To see the video of the fire, click here!

Photo courtesy Lindsay Cardwell, Ocean County Scanner News