20 Brand New Jeep Wranglers Destroyed in Fire Near Toledo Production Plant [News]

20 Brand New Wranglers Destroyed in Fire
[Photo: Gray Television, Inc./ABC13 News Toledo via screenshot]

The new Jeep Wrangler is so hot, they’re apparently going up in flames.

This morning, at least eighteen to twenty brand new Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited models burst into flames in Toledo, Ohio. According to witnesses, flames could be seen erupting from the Auto Warehousing Company (AWC) lot adjacent to Jeep’s manufacturing plant.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The company’s protocol is to scan each car as it enters the lot, so managers are also working to determine who drove the Jeeps into the lot last night. From that, investigators will also determine whether there is some kind of foul play, or if it was a vehicle malfunction. Firefighters stated tires, batteries and fuel tanks in the cars caused small explosions on the lot before they were able to extinguish the blaze, according to ABC13 News. Investigators will continue to work with Fiat-Chrysler as well to determine what originally caused this morning’s fire.

20 New Jeep Wranglers destroyed in storage lot fire
The Wranglers destroyed in the fire were four-door Unlimited models. [Photo: FCA]
Ranging from $30,995 to $40,995, depending on the model, the fire caused at least $600,000 worth of damage. Last month, FCA sold nearly 30,000 Wranglers.

FCA released a short statement following this morning’s incident:

“FCA US is working with City of Toledo Fire and Rescue Department and the Toledo Police Department regarding a fire at a shipping yard in Toledo, Ohio involving multiple vehicles. As this is an active investigation, we cannot provide more information at this time.” (Quote from ABC13 News)

We’ll provide updates to this story as more information becomes available. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!