Caught on Video: Cars Torched at Church

Fireball shoots into the air after an explosion happens as the fire burns

By Vince Lattanzio and Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, May 28, 2013  |  Updated 5:19 AM EDT
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An NBC10 viewer captured these images of several cars on fire at a Glenside, Pa. church.

An NBC10 viewer captured these images of several cars on fire at a Glenside, Pa. church.

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Several cars were destroyed after a fire started in a church parking lot and authorities believe the fires were set intentionally.

The fire began around 11 p.m. Sunday behind the New Life Presbyterian Church along the 400 block of Easton Road in Glenside, Pa., police tell NBC10.com.

The cars, which are part of a church program that repairs vehicles for people in need, were parked in a line near the fence of the property.

When fire crews arrived, at least four cars parked next to each other were engulfed in flames.
In a video shot by an NBC10 viewer, flames could be seen shooting into the air -- igniting a tree that hangs over the cars.

At one point, an explosion occurs sending a ball of fire high into the sky as fire crews doused the blaze with water.

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Fire crews were able to get the fire under control a short time later, but the vehicles which included station wagons, an SUV and sedan were left in ruin.

Abington Township Police said that the fires appeared to be intentionally set inside the interior of two of the vehicles.

Two nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

There were no reports of injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Abington Police Detectives at 267-536-1100 or anonymously online.

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