Two cars seriously damaged after a small fire on KU campus

There are a lot of things that can go wrong on Monday mornings, but generally I’m not too afraid of my car bursting into flames.

Today, however, that’s just what happened to somebody who parked in a University of Kansas parking ramp.

In all, two cars were seriously damaged, but no people were injured during the fire.

The fire was reported Monday morning on the top deck of KU’s Memorial Union parking ramp, said University Spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the flames.

Nobody was injured and no damage was done to the parking structure, Barcomb-Peterson said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

By the time I arrived on the scene firefighters had already cut open the hoods of a Pontiac and a Hyundai. The flames were out and it looked like the emergency responders were trying to track down the vehicles’ owners.

I’m no expert, but it didn’t look like the two cars were going to be driving anywhere again.

Barcomb-Peterson said flame retardant was put on other nearby cars as a precaution.

It looked like only two cars were damaged in the flames. It wasn’t clear which car started the fire.

Monday afternoon, after a report that one of the cars sparked into flames again, the vehicles were removed from the ramp.

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