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UPDATE: No cause for fire that destroyed van

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) – A fire of undetermined cause destroyed a van parked at a Perkins restaurant early Monday morning, Schofield Fire Chief Rob Bowen said.

The fire broke out about 3 a.m., shortly after the driver pulled into the parking lot, Bowen said. No one was hurt.

“We were unable to determine a cause due to the extensive damage,” the fire chief said. “It was a pretty hot fire.”

The driver, a middle-aged man, told investigators he was unaware of any mechanical problems with the 2002 Chrysler Town and Country van or what could have ignited the fire, Bowen said.

“It either started in the engine compartment or the fire wall area,” Bowen said. “It could be an electrical issue. It could be a short in the electrical system. It could be a faulty fuel system.”

Everest Metro Police Capt. Clay Schulz said the driver was inside the vehicle when the fire started but got out safely.


SCHOFIELD (WAOW) – An early-morning vehicle fire at Perkins restaurant in Schofield does not appear to be suspicious, Everest Metro Police Department Captain Clay Schulz told Newsline 9.

Officials say the damage caused by the blaze was too severe to determine the exact cause.

Capt. Schulz says the owner of the vehicle was inside when the fire started, but was able to get out safely.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. in the parking lot. Crews say it took about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control.

Officials say the Chrysler van was destroyed.

Schofield Fire Department officials initially told Newsline 9 the driver was inside the restaurant at the time of the fire. Capt. Schulz says that's not the case, according to an incident report.

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