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Brush fire ignites cars at Memphis International Raceway

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Firefighters working across the street from the Memphis International Raceway, where multiple vehicles were ignited. Firefighters working across the street from the Memphis International Raceway, where multiple vehicles were ignited.
MILLINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Fire spread quickly near Memphis International Raceway Saturday, engulfing several cars and trucks within a matter of minutes.

The fire broke out just after 4 p.m. in a field near the raceway. It started as a brush fire.

"We heard tires popping and saw the flames and stuff shooting up and that was about it," said Blake Nichols, who witnessed the fire.

"There was black smoke rolling everywhere," added Richard Nichols. "Flames about 15 feet high."

Blake recorded video on his cell phone from afar, all the while knowing where his dad's red truck was parked.

"We were sitting over there at the race track and saw smoke," Blake explained. "We realized it was over where we parked, so we walked this way and we go on the big walkway, we noticed it was the exact parking lot we were parked in."

Twenty-two cars were damaged in the fire. Five companies from two fire departments responded to put out the flames.

The people who parked in the lot paid $10 to leave their cars there. The parking lot is not owned by Memphis International Raceway. In fact, the president and CEO of the raceway encourages fans to use their free lots.

"We didn't have any control of what was happening in this lot of the fans that are parking there," said IRG Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Jason Rittenberry. "We try our best to get our fans to follow our parking signs and to park in our free lots that we provide. They are secure, maintained, and we have security in those lots."

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