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Authorities investigate Eugene car fires as arson

Eugene Police & Eugene-Springfield firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Hammock Street where it was reported two cars were on fire, October 17, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Early Tuesday morning, Eugene-Springfield firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Hammock Street where it was reported two cars were on fire.

The two vehicles were owned by the same person, authorities said.

A detective was sent to investigate the incident, which officials say is being treated as an arson.

The call came in just after 2 a.m.

Upon arrival, police found the two vehicles engulfed in flames. One was a small, which Chevy pickup and the other a dark-colored 2008 BMW 328. Firefighters extinguished the flames before an EPD investigator was called in.

The owner was not at the location, police said.

A neighbor who lives on the street says he woke up to a loud bang and ran outside to see the two cars in flames. “It's strange, it's just...bang, it happened, and then we all stood around and talked as to, what do you think happened, why did it happen...and we can't come up with anything,” said Dave Sparks.

EPD’s arson investigator and two Eugene-Springfield Fire investigators conducted an arson investigation.

They say fires appeared to be intentionally set.

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