Investigators have narrowed the origin of a fire in a Disneyland parking structure that destroyed four cars to a 2015 Toyota Prius or a 2001 Ford Expedition, authorities said Tuesday.
“The area of origin is believed to be in either the cargo area of the Prius where the battery is located or the engine compartment of the Expedition, which were within three feet of each other,” said Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt, who also serves as a public information officer for the Anaheim Fire Department.
“Due to the extreme heat produced by the fire, the configuration of the vehicles, and their proximity to one another, the exact cause and origin cannot be determined without further testing and evaluation.”
Fire department investigators were working with insurance company counterparts in trying to find “a definitive cause,” Wyatt said, adding that “there is no indication the fire was intentionally set or foul play is involved.”
Seven people — all Disneyland employees — were treated for minor smoke inhalation, but three were not taken to a hospital, Wyatt said.
Four other cars were badly damaged and up to three other vehicles sustained minor damage from the heat, and the fire caused more than $180,000 in damage, Wyatt said.
Firefighters evacuated the structure as they battled the blaze, which was knocked down in about 30 minutes.
Park visitors were allowed to retrieve their vehicles just before 7 p.m., according to Anaheim police.
The parking structure has floors named after Disney characters and provides about 10,000 parking spaces.
–City News Service