A fire that burned a Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy cruiser and was considered accidental is now being investigated as possibly intentionally set.
The cruiser caught fire in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood early Monday morning. The incident happened around 6:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Elizabeth Avenue, where the 2014 Dodge Charger had been parked for several days.
Officials said no one was in the car at the time and no injuries were reported.
According to Anjanette Grube with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, an employee with the sheriff’s office saw the car burning and called the Charlotte Fire Department.
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The fire was initially listed as accidental, but investigators said additional information prompted them to reclassify the fire as “incendiary.” It is now being investigated by the Fire Investigation Task Force.