Arson suspected after 8 cars torched at North County dealership

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – An arson team was investigating a fire that spread at a North County car dealership destroying eight vehicles Tuesday night, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to a Bob Baker car lot on Car Country Drive in Carlsbad just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. They saw flames coming from cars and trucks parked in a row at the used car area.

Firefighters eventually put flames out before it spread to any buildings.

“It’s pretty devastating to see my car in such condition,”said truck owner, Justin Deeds.
Justin Deeds’ 2015 Dodge Ram truck had been at the dealership’s service department since Monday, and was one of the eight vehicles destroyed by the fire. 
“It looks like the truck is completely done. It’s completely burned, the inside of the cab is burned up. It looked like there’s still water on the  inside of the cab from the fire department having to put out the flames,” said truck owner, Justin Deeds.
He says it’s devastating to see because the truck had sentimental meaning. 
He tells FOX 5 he’s glad no one was hurt, but he hopes investigators are able to find the person responsible soon. 
“The camera the footage and everything I think that they’ll hopefully be able to identify somebody,” said Deeds.

Surveillance video showed a person wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark pants dumping a liquid on the property just before the fire started, investigators said Wednesday morning. The person appeared to set the liquid on fire, then ran north.

Anyone with information about the investigation was asked to contact the Carlsbad Fire Department at 858-756-3006.

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