Instant 40 cars are destroyed after a mysterious fire rips through an Indianapolis car yard

Were 40 cars destroyed by lightning? Researchers believe severe storms could be behind a massive fire that ripped through a car yard in Indianapolis

  • Firefighters were called to Insurance Auto Auctions in S. Harding Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday after an inferno broke out that destroyed nearly 40 vehicles
  • Crews used tanker operations to attack the fire and were able to bring it under control in less than an hour
  • Indianapolis Fire Department says the fire may have been the result of lightning from severe storms that swept through the area
  • The incident is still under investigation


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Video taken early Wednesday morning shows firefighters putting out a fire that damaged about 40 cars at an Indianapolis auto yard.

Crews, taking advantage of tanker operations, aggressively attacked the fire that had broken out at Insurance Auto Auctions and had it under control in less than 40 minutes.

The Indianapolis fire says that while many vehicles were destroyed, no one was injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but authorities suspect that the fire may have been the result of a lightning strike.

Video taken early Wednesday morning shows firefighters putting out a fire that damaged about 40 cars at an Indianapolis auto yard

Video taken early Wednesday morning shows firefighters putting out a fire that damaged about 40 cars at an Indianapolis auto yard

Crews were sent to Insurance Auto Auctions, located at 3202 S. Harding Street, at around 1:45 a.m. EST Wednesday for reports of an inferno

Crews were sent to Insurance Auto Auctions, located at 3202 S. Harding Street, at around 1:45 a.m. EST Wednesday for reports of an inferno

Crews were sent to Insurance Auto Auctions, located at 3202 S. Harding Street, at around 1:45 a.m. EST Wednesday for reports of an inferno

When firefighters arrived, they found more than three dozen vehicles engulfed in flames

When firefighters arrived, they found more than three dozen vehicles engulfed in flames

When firefighters arrived, they found more than three dozen vehicles engulfed in flames

Using tank trucks and multiple hoses, the crews were able to bring water deep into the car yard and bring the inferno under control at 3:26 a.m.

Using tank trucks and multiple hoses, the crews were able to bring water deep into the car yard and bring the inferno under control at 3:26 a.m.

Using tank trucks and multiple hoses, the crews were able to bring water deep into the car yard and bring the inferno under control at 3:26 a.m.

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, the crews were sent to Insurance Auto Auctions, located at 3202 S. Harding Street, around 1:45 a.m. EST after receiving 911 calls about a fire and possible explosion at the site.

When firefighters arrived, they found more than three dozen vehicles engulfed in flames.

They determined that the reported ‘explosions’ were magnesium product, tires and fuel tanks from the vehicles.

Using tank trucks and multiple hoses, the crews were able to bring water deep into the car yard and bring the inferno under control at 3:26 am.

It is currently unclear how the fire started, but officials are investigating the possibility of a lightning strike as severe storms have recently passed through the area.

The Indianapolis Fire Department will continue to investigate this incident.

MailOnline has contacted the department for comment and further information.

Pictured: Vehicles on fire early Wednesday morning at Insurance Auto Actions in Indianapolis

Pictured: Vehicles on fire early Wednesday morning at Insurance Auto Actions in Indianapolis

Pictured: Vehicles on fire early Wednesday morning at Insurance Auto Actions in Indianapolis

Firefighters say no one was injured in the fire

Firefighters say no one was injured in the fire

Firefighters say no one was injured in the fire

Crews took an aggressive approach in their efforts to put out the fire

Crews took an aggressive approach in their efforts to put out the fire

Crews took an aggressive approach in their efforts to put out the fire

It is currently unclear how the fire started

It is currently unclear how the fire started

It is currently unclear how the fire started

The Indianapolis Fire Department will continue to investigate this incident

The Indianapolis Fire Department will continue to investigate this incident

The Indianapolis Fire Department will continue to investigate this incident

A firefighter is seen using a hose to fight the fire

A firefighter is seen using a hose to fight the fire

A firefighter is seen using a hose to fight the fire

A photo of the tankers used during the Wednesday morning fire at the car yard

A photo of the tankers used during the Wednesday morning fire at the car yard

A photo of the tankers used during the Wednesday morning fire at the car yard

A large cloud of smoke was seen over dozens of burning vehicles

A large cloud of smoke was seen over dozens of burning vehicles

A large cloud of smoke was seen over dozens of burning vehicles

Pictured: Multiple vehicles set in flames at Insurance Auto Actions on September 15

Pictured: Multiple vehicles set in flames at Insurance Auto Actions on September 15

Pictured: Multiple vehicles set in flames at Insurance Auto Actions on September 15

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