Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said a car was found burnt “beyond recognition” Monday, Aug. 27, at the Oconee Springs Apartments.
Authorities responded after noon Monday to the apartments on Spring Haven Drive in Gainesville, where a Hyundai Santa Fe was “fully involved” in flames roughly 10 feet from the apartment building.
Firefighters were unable to retrieve the VIN number due to the damage.
“The vehicle also had no license plate and the manager from the leasing office did not know who owned the vehicle,” according to a Gainesville Fire report.
The vehicle fire was reported to Gainesville Police and listed as an arson, but Gainesville Fire officials said that determination is still under investigation.
“I believe that a bystander claimed it was arson but the investigation is still ongoing,” Gainesville Fire spokesman Keith Smith wrote in an email.
Smith said the vehicle was a total loss, but the apartments were not affected.
“The fire marshal’s office is still trying to contact the owner of the vehicle and any possible suspects,” he said.