TROY (WWJ) – Authorities are investigating a pair of car fires at Somerset Collection over the weekend.
The first was reported Saturday afternoon in the north parking desk of the upscale shopping mall, located on Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) in Troy.
According to Fire Chief David Roberts, firefighters had to hook up hoses to the parking deck’s pipe system, because it was inaccessible to fire trucks. Due to low water pressure, a second vehicle suffered minor damage before the fire was put out.
“Firefighters were able to overcome this unusual and unexpected difficulty and extinguish the fire with only minor damage to one other nearby vehicle,” said Roberts, in a news release, “all while maneuvering around traffic and shoppers in the parking deck.”
A second fire was reported in the same area Sunday afternoon. In that case, the driver reported a smoking engine shortly beforehand. She immediately stopped and safely exited the vehicle. Damage was mainly to the back seat and truck compartment.
No one was hurt in either of these incidents. Both remain under investigation.
“Firefighters overcame unusual difficulties and kept damage to a minimum,” Roberts said, in reference to both incidents. “Somerset Security and Troy Police did an effective job at keeping traffic and pedestrians clear of both fires while firefighters worked.”
The parking deck is equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system, Roberts said; but in both cases, the fires were not large enough to activate the system.