Fire has damaged or destroyed some 40 trucks and trailers in four separate incidents around the country in the last several days.
In Florida Monday afternoon, as many as 30 trucks and trailers were destroyed in a huge fire at a warehouse owned by American Fruit & Produce Corporation in Opa-Locka. The fire is also said to have damaged a nearby building.
In Maine, fires at two R.C. Moore locations destroyed six trucks and damaged two others Sunday night, April 2.
In Oklahoma, a truck was burned and two others damaged at Jay Rambo Co. in east Tulsa Saturday, April 1.
Authorities believe that the fires in Maine and Oklahoma were arson. There is no word yet as to the cause of the massive Florida blaze Monday that closed several streets and two airport runways for a time.
State fire officials continue to investigate fires at the R.C. Moore facilities in Poland and Scarborough. No injuries were reported in either blaze, which caused a combined total of about $750,000.
A trucker sleeping in his cab at the Scarborough location reported that fire, and another driving near the Poland lot reported that blaze, according to wmtw.com. Personnel from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.
In a press briefing Monday, Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the two fires were “a likely coordinated arson.”
In Tulsa, Fox 23 News reports one truck was set on fire and windows were broken in several others. Damage to the burned trucks is estimated at $150,000.