Police investigate car fire in Junction City

Nobody was in the car and no firefighters were hurt while battling the blaze.

Posted: Jan 5, 2019 5:32 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2019 7:27 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Police in Junction City are investigating an early morning car fire and authorities have not ruled out arson.

Officials with the Junction City Fire Department said it happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday, on High Pass Road near Praire Road.

Nobody was in the car and no firefighters were hurt while battling the blaze.

"I woke up to a lady banging on my door," said Josh Ballard who lives nearby. "I had my window open in my bedroom, and I looked out and saw flames."

Ballard said his car was parked right next to the one that caught fire and had to move it out of the way before the fire could spread.

"I was pretty nervous I didn't know if it would explode or not," Ballard said. "I jumped in and got it going as fast as I could."

Officials with the Junction City Fire Department said they believe the fire started in the back seat of the car and said the car was parked for close to seven hours before the blaze sparked up.

They said a witness reported seeing another car speeding off right before the fire started.

Junction City police say they are looking at all possibilities and the case is under investigation.

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