EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)-A loud noise shook up a Eureka neighborhood, it wasn’t from an explosion, according to fire officials.
At about 8:15 Wednesday night Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported explosion on the 1700-block of Allard Avenue in Eureka.
Laurie Jenson lives on that street, she was relaxing outdoors when a loud bang rang out.
“Heard the boom, heard the car siren go off, came out, looked down the street and saw a car fully engulfed in flames,” she said.
Video captured by Jenson shows fire fighters working on the charred car, she wasn’t the only person trying to figure out where the loud boom came from.
“The whole Iowa Street was jammed pack with people, you know, everyone taking video with their cameras, and stuff,” she said.
According to Public Risk Reduction Specialist Amy Conlin with Humboldt Bay Fire, the incident was fire related.
“It came in as an explosion, but what we actually think it was, what folks heard was a whooshing sound when a fire starts,” she said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Eureka police, a witness told them they believe they saw a man running away from the vehicle towards Ocean View Cemetery.
“There is a high suspicion of human cause, the case has been referred to EPD,” said Colin.
She says fire departments rely on the community to be their eyes and ears.
“It takes all of us banning together to help, and so the best thing the community can do is just have that awareness.
Conlin urges the public to call dispatch if they see anything suspicious, even if they think the incident has already been reported.
“The ”bystander effect” kicks-in, and sometimes people think someone else has called, so they don’t,” she said. “We don’t care if we get five calls about the same thing, we just want you to call.”
No injuries were reported, EPD is looking for the owner of the vehicle and suspect, anyone with information is asked to call (707) 441-4060.