Residents in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles are growing increasingly alarmed as a series of vehicle fires continue to plague their neighborhood. Numerous photos and videos circulating on social media have captured the unsettling sight of at least a dozen cars engulfed in flames over the past few weeks.
One family, the VonSonns, experienced the unfortunate event not once, but twice. On May 1, they were awakened by the Los Angeles Fire Department responding to their Camaro ablaze in the dead of night. Weeks later, on May 16, their Accord fell victim to the destructive flames when a neighboring vehicle suddenly exploded around 1 a.m.
A similar incident occurred up the street on Valmont Street, where the owner of another burned vehicle was informed by the fire department that a faulty ignition might be to blame. This echoed the sentiments of other victims, who also claimed that responding fire officials suggested the possibility of mechanical malfunctions.
Lydia Grant, President of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, expressed concern over what appears to be an ongoing issue of “spontaneous combustion” of vehicles in the area. Dissatisfied with the lack of assistance received from the fire department, the council reached out to FOX 11 to shed light on the matter.
While the Los Angeles City Fire Department has been prompt in responding to the incidents and is actively investigating the fires, they have refrained from labeling them as arson at this stage. However, local residents are growing increasingly worried, fearing that it is only a matter of time before the fires escalate, potentially reaching nearby houses or spreading to the surrounding hills, and causing harm to individuals.
The Sunland-Tujunga community remains on edge, hoping for swift answers and decisive actions to address the mysterious vehicle fires that have gripped their neighborhood.