At least 20 cars were destroyed Thursday morning by a fire that authorities say struck a New Jersey car auction lot.
A Skyline Auto Auction security guard first reported cars in the lot were on fire at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said. About 20 cars were damaged in the blaze, he said.
The Fairfield Fire Department was still putting spot fires out at 7:30 a.m., Manna said.
The car lot, located on Route 46 in Fairfield, contains thousands of cars, Manna said. The portion of the lot affected by the fire was sizable, but "not the entire property," he said.
Most of the burned cars had been returned leases that were about to go up for auction, police said.
Authorities are investigating what started the fire, Manna said.
This article originally appeared on NJ.com