At least eighteen Jeep vehicles were damaged when a fire broke out in a parking lot near Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Toledo Assembly Complex early Monday morning, Automotive News reports. The exact number damaged is “in the neighborhood of 18-22 vehicles,” the outlet was told by Sterling Rahe of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department.
FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex is the production site of the all-new, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, which was unveiled to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year. The complex stopped producing the previous-generation Jeep Wrangler JK late last month, after a dozen years of near-continuous production.
According to Rahe, the Jeep vehicles damaged by Monday morning’s blaze suffered “varying levels” of damage from smoke and heat; some of the vehicles are a total loss.
“It was a windy morning so some of the products of the fire carried down through other vehicles,” Rahe told Automotive News. “The initial report was 18-22, and maybe more depending on what they find.”
Firefighters reportedly first responded to calls about a fire near the Toledo Assembly Complex at 5:45am, and the initial report indicated that a plume of smoke could be seen for several miles.