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Car fire was arson, police say

March 31, 2003

Darleene Barrientos

Investigators are calling a car fire an arson-related incident after

several calls reported an explosion, a Glendale Police sergeant said.

Several 911 calls to the department reported a possible traffic

accident about 6:40 a.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of East Chevy Chase

Drive, Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Kirk Palmer said. Officers

found what appeared to be a late-model, four-door BMW fully engulfed

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in flames.

Witnesses reported hearing an explosion prior to finding the car

on fire. The explosion was responsible for several broken windows in

a house across the street, according to a statement released by the

police department.

Fire and police authorities called in the Los Angeles Arson

Explosive Team. The Los Angeles Bomb Squad was also called in, Sgt.

Tony Futia said. There were no injuries.

Police are investigating the fire as an arson-related incident

even though there was no evidence of an explosive device found,

Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Kirk Palmer said.

"There's no way this was a terrorist-related incident," Palmer

said.

Because of the extent of the car's damages, the owner of the

vehicle had not been identified.

"We don't know how this fire started at this time," Palmer said.

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