Hertz Corp. autos beforehand rented by U.S. Secret Service brokers burst into flames at Nantucket Memorial Airport early Monday morning, in keeping with a number of media studies.
The big hearth concerned 5 autos that had been rented to the Secret Service for President Joe Biden’s go to to Nantucket for Thanksgiving, the Secret Service stated. Native hearth officers stated the hearth was not suspicious, though the incident sparked nationwide conspiracy theories, Forbes reported on Wednesday.
Investigators are specializing in a white Ford Expedition because the ignition for the hearth, though the official trigger is undetermined.
In a press release launched Thursday, the Secret Service stated:
“The Secret Service had rented the autos for the President’s journey and dropped the SUVs off at HERTZ on Sunday night time. We had been made conscious of 1 Ford SUV catching hearth early Monday morning. That SUV was parked subsequent to a number of different autos which additionally caught hearth becasue of the proximity to the Ford SUV.
“We had no points once we drove the autos and so they had been returned with out incident. The Ford SUV that caught hearth was a Secret Service assist car and never used to move any protectees. We sit up for following up with native hearth authorities on their evaluate of the incident.”
Airport workers noticed the hearth within the rental automobile overflow space at round 5:22 a.m. by way of the airport’s closed-circuit tv system, in keeping with a press release from the airport. Workers activated an alert system and responded to the hearth alongside Nantucket firefighters and cops.