GRANTS PASS, Ore-- According to posts from Rural Metro Fire and the Illinois Valley Fire District, three suspicious vehicle fires were found across Josephine County last week. Rural Metro Fire says that vehicle fires have been an on-going for problem for awhile in Josephine County and are usually suspicious in nature.
"This stretch of fire vehicle fires hasn't been total abnormal," said Austin Prince, District Chief of Rural Metro Fire. "Most of these though do come back to be suspicious in nature though."
The first vehicle fire that occurred last week happened in Wonder on March 24, where around six in the morning, fire crews arrived to a vehicle engulfed in flames with no driver to be found.
The second, was a vehicle fire reported by the Illinois Valley Fire District, one day later, in which a vehicle was found burning in a remote part near Selma where fire crews could not get to the vehicle to put out that flames. Two people were found dead in that burned vehicle and a possible double homicide investigation is taking place.
Finally, the third and final vehicle fire was reported on Saturday, March 27, where fire crews say that they found another abandoned vehicle that was set ablaze in the 4600 block of Granite Hill Rd. Rural Metro Fire says that one of their engines from the Monument Drive Station arrived to find the mini van completely on fire and was spreading into nearby brush.
Fire crews say though that they were able to quickly knock down the flames before the fire was able to spread any further. NewsWatch 12 is being told that a witnesses reported the vehicle had been hauled to the location by a flatbed prior to discovery of the fire, but there were no details on who may have been operating that flatbed.
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is currently investigation the scene.
"There is obviously an abnormality with the number of vehicle fires," said Prince in regards to the amount of vehicle fires that the county experiences on a yearly basis.