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Bakersfield brushfire burns 86 cars

June 25, 2019
A brushfire burned 86 cars at a CarMax automobile dealership lot in Bakersfield, California. Authorities received reports Monday afternoon of several grass fires erupting along State Route 99 in the Central California city. (June 25)
A brushfire burned 86 cars at a CarMax automobile dealership lot in Bakersfield, California. Authorities received reports Monday afternoon of several grass fires erupting along State Route 99 in the Central California city. (June 25)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A spreading brushfire has burned 86 cars at a CarMax lot in Bakersfield.

Authorities received reports Monday afternoon of several grass fires erupting along State Route 99 in the Central California city, possibly caused by a big-rig dragging a chain or some other object that created sparks and ignited the tinder-dry brush.

The Fire Department says the blaze spread to a CarMax parking lot, destroying 26 cars and damaging 60. The Bakersfield Californian says the total loss is put at $2.1 million.

Firefighters fought about 20 acres of brush and grass fires. They also wore protective masks while battling the car fires.

CarMax employees were evacuated and no injuries are reported.

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