3 vehicles catch fire on the summit of Mount Washington in

Three vehicles are totaled after catching fire on the summit of Mount Washington on Sunday morning.The Gorham Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle on fire around 5 a.m. A steady 15 mph wind pushed the flames to other cars parked next to it, which also caught fire. In total, two Jeeps and a Ford Explorer were destroyed.”It has been 3-4 years since we’ve been to a vehicle fire on the mountain. Typically it seems like it’s on the way down with brakes,” said Gorham Fire chief Philip Cloutier. Crews were able to manage the situation safely, and those who were at the summit were able to leave by 6:30 a.m.”I thought it was a little bit scary. It was contained to just the 3 cars that were there and luckily the parking lot is so big that no one else was really in danger,” said Ashley Kelley. No one was injured and fire crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly. Cloutier said we may never know what caused the first Jeep to go up in flames. “It was undetermined because of the extent of the damage, but typically when a car is on fire, it has a mechanical failure on the mountain. We don’t know that on this particular one, but that’s typically what happens,” Cloutier said.The fire department said crews used more than 1,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire and were able to get to the scene in just over 30 minutes. “It took us about 10 minutes to get to the base of the mountain and just over 20 to get to the summit. It’s about an 8-mile trip up and with all the water trucks you just can’t go that fast,” Cloutier said.

Three vehicles are totaled after catching fire on the summit of Mount Washington on Sunday morning.

The Gorham Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle on fire around 5 a.m. A steady 15 mph wind pushed the flames to other cars parked next to it, which also caught fire. In total, two Jeeps and a Ford Explorer were destroyed.

“It has been 3-4 years since we’ve been to a vehicle fire on the mountain. Typically it seems like it’s on the way down with brakes,” said Gorham Fire chief Philip Cloutier.

Crews were able to manage the situation safely, and those who were at the summit were able to leave by 6:30 a.m.

“I thought it was a little bit scary. It was contained to just the 3 cars that were there and luckily the parking lot is so big that no one else was really in danger,” said Ashley Kelley.

No one was injured and fire crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly. Cloutier said we may never know what caused the first Jeep to go up in flames.

“It was undetermined because of the extent of the damage, but typically when a car is on fire, it has a mechanical failure on the mountain. We don’t know that on this particular one, but that’s typically what happens,” Cloutier said.

The fire department said crews used more than 1,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire and were able to get to the scene in just over 30 minutes.

“It took us about 10 minutes to get to the base of the mountain and just over 20 to get to the summit. It’s about an 8-mile trip up and with all the water trucks you just can’t go that fast,” Cloutier said.