Blue Ash police investigating fatal car fire; witnesses heard at least 1 explosion

Updated: Jan. 16, 2020 at 9:39 AM EST
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BLUE ASH, Ohio (FOX19) - Police are investigating a fatal car fire in a Blue Ash parking lot Wednesday night.

The car burst into flames shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot on Glendale Milford Road, according to the Blue Ash Police Department.

When crews arrived on the scene they said the car was fully engulfed, but the Blue Ash Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire quickly.

Witnesses reported hearing at least one loud noise, a “thump” or “pop” shortly before the fire was reported.

The responding police officer also says he heard a “loud boom” from the car after he arrived.

Upon further investigation, fire crews found the body of a person in the car.

The responding police officer says family members of the person were already in the parking lot.

Police reportedly used the jaws of life to remove the body from the vehicle.

After the incident, they say they spoke to the 12-year-old daughter of the victim, who told them her mother was in the car that was on fire. She reportedly said, “they had been tracking her mom’s phone and it was moving around; they knew it was in the area of Buffalo Wild Wings.”

The girl also reportedly told police her mother had been vomiting “white stuff” on her car.

Police say they are combing through evidence, interviewing potential witnesses and following additional leads as part of the investigation.

The Blue Ash Police Department is working with the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, the Hamilton County Fire Investigation Unit, the ATF, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to determine the identity of the victim and the cause of the fire.

The Blue Ash Police Department is asking witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding the incident to contact them at 513-745-8555.

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