Flames engulfed vehicles parked on the 7,000-foot runway at EPCAL late Wednesday night. RiverheadLOCAL photo

A vehicle being stored on a Calverton runway exploded into flames late last night, causing nearby vehicles to catch fire, Riverhead Town Police said in a press release early this morning.

Police said they received a call at 11:24 p.m. Wednesday, reporting a vehicle explosion on the west runway at the Calverton Enterprise Park, where Insurance Auto Auctions is leasing the runway from the Riverhead Community Development Agency to store vehicles damaged by Hurricane Ida.

Responding officers found a Tesla fully engulfed in flames, police said, causing nearby vehicles to catch fire.

The Manorville Fire Department responded and extinguished the fires, accortding to the press release. A total of five vehicles were damaged by fire, police said.

The Riverhead Police Department Detective Division, Riverhead Town Fire Marshal and Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad were called to investigate.

“It was determined that the fire is considered not suspicious at this time as the vehicles involved in the fire were vehicles damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier in the month,” police said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone that may have information is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department at (631) 727-4500. All calls will be held in confidence, police said.

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