Six cars torched at SFO long-term parking lot 

Some miffed travelers won’t be driving home in the cars they stored at San Francisco International Airport, as a half-dozen were set ablaze in the long-term parking lot overnight, authorities said.

Firefighters believe someone torched a Toyota Sienna, sparking a domino-effect fire that lit up five neighboring cars in the fairly packed lot. The cars were totaled, and a seventh suffered paint damage from the boiling heat, officials said.

A parking lot attendant spotted the blaze around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and immediately alerted firefighters, who stamped out the flames before they spread to more vehicles, spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Security cameras may not have spotted the perpetrator since they are aimed only at the entrances and the exits of the lot. No witnesses had come forward as of Thursday morning, McCarron said.

“It’s suspicious because the cars are parked on an open lot on a cool night,” he said.

The cars are parked close together, head-to-head in the stalls, and they reportedly suffered damage to the front-ends and engine compartments.

The totaled wheels were being towed out of the lot Thursday morning, and authorities are searching DMV records to inform the owners. An arson investigator will probe the car where the fire originated, McCarron said.

The Toyota Sienna has been in the lot since July 13, according to reports.

“It’s summertime so we have a lot of people parked long term,” McCarron said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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