By Sabina Mollot
A car that had been parked in a Stuyvesant Town garage got charred in a fire that started in the car on Sunday night (May 15).
According to a resident who called Town & Village, the smell of smoke and burning metal was in the air when he passed the 410 East 20th Street garage on his way home at about 8:10 p.m. He then looked up to see smoke billowing out of a vent. He stuck around for a bit and noticed that it was getting worse, so he called security and fire trucks soon responded to the scene. The resident, Tom Nonnon, went home but returned to the scene once the fire was extinguished.
The car that went ablaze, Nonnon added, had Connecticut plates and he’d been told it was owned by one of the supervisors.
“It had not been moved for about a year,” he said. “It seemed very strange that the thing would ignite.”
The incident made Nonnon and other curious onlookers at the scene wonder what would have happened to the other cars or the garage if no one had called in the fire. He also said he noticed that the FDNY wanted to vent out the smoke with a fan, but no one seemed to know where to hook up the device.
A spokesperson for the FDNY told T&V the fire was under control in 10 minutes and while under investigation, did not appear suspicious.
A spokesperson for Blackstone confirmed that the car was parked in a space rented out by a garage manager.