Royal Oak car fires reported days, blocks apart

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Authorities are investigating three suspicious car fires reported in a four-block radius in Royal Oak this week.

The blazes occurred between Monday and Thanksgiving morning, officials said in a statement on the city’s Facebook page.

“The initial investigation indicates the fires originated from the passenger compartment of each vehicle,” the post said.

City officers and firefighters responded to two blazes reported early Monday: one in the 900 block of Whitcomb at 3:08 a.m., followed by another about 16 minutes later on the next block, in the 1100 block of Bauman.

Both vehicles were parked on the street, city officials said. The fires were quickly extinguished and no one was injured.

Emergency personnel were called again around 2:38 a.m. Thursday to the 600 block of Millard, where they found a vehicle parked in the driveway, engulfed in flames.

The residents were evacuated to safety. Crews extinguished the blaze, but the heat melted part of the home’s vinyl-siding, officials said.

The Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigation Division, Royal Oak Fire Marshal and Oakland County arson investigators are probing the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call (248) 246-3456.