• More than 12 car fires at 2 separate locations in DeKalb County

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Fire officials said they're looking into multiple car fires early Friday morning in DeKalb County.

    Channel 2 Action News talked to DeKalb County Fire Capt. Dion Bentley, who said at least 12 cars caught fire at an auto care business along South Stone Mountain Lithonia Road.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach spoke to the business owner who said he believes at least one car caught fire and then spread. By the time fire crews put it out, a dozen cars, trucks and vans were charred.

    The owner said the cars were all fine when he left the lot less than 12 hours before, but he doesn't think he was targeted or that the fire was set intentionally.


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    "I'm wondering if one of the batteries in the car caught on fire or something because he works on cars over there," owner Dorian McKelvey said.

    He said he's just thankful the fire didn't get to his building or burn any of his rental trucks.

    About 10 miles away, a Channel 2 photographer said there were two cars damaged by fire on Glenwood Road.

    Captain Bentley said it's too early to determine if the two scenes were connected. 

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