Agencies investigate suspicious vehicle fire near jail

The police and fire departments are investigating a Monday morning suspicious vehicle fire near Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Lemon Creek Road.

Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to a report of the fire at about 6 a.m. and extinguished the burning vehicle located in the police department’s impound lot next to the jail, according to Fire Marshal Dan Jager.

“It is being investigated as a suspicious fire,” Jager said, adding the burn patterns indicated it could be arson.

Jager said he believed the vehicle was a pickup truck and was not a police or LCCC vehicle. A damage estimate was not available.

He asked anyone with information to report it to either the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600, CCFR at 586-5322 or the Juneau Crime Line at juneaucrimeline.com. Tipsters with the Crime Line are guaranteed anonymity and can be rewarded.

CCFR also responded to a Vintage Park office building a little before 11 a.m. Monday after an employee at a student loans office reported “smelling melted plastic or something burning,” Jager said.

Jager said there was a light smoke haze in the building, which was evacuated. CCFR shut off the power and traced the source of the smell to a burned up motor within the ventilation system. Jager said the ventilation system carried the smoke through the small office.

No one was injured, and there was minimal damage, Jager said.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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