In what could have been a scary situation, President Joe Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames in a parking lot on Monday, just one day after returning them and leaving his vacation in Nantucket.
The president had been spending his Thanksgiving weekend in Massachusetts, and while there, the Secret Service rented five Hertz vehicles to help transport him and his family.
According to footage obtained by the Nantucket Current, all five of the vehicles used by Biden caught fire while sitting in a parking lot just a day after he finished using them.
The vehicles, a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition and a Jeep Gladiator, were all parked at the Nantucket airport. It is unknown what caused the fire in the vehicles, and no injuries were reported.
The airport did deliver an update on the fires via a statement.
"At approximately 5:22 a.m., airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the airport's Closed Circuit Television System," the airport said in a statement to the Current. "Staff activated the Alert system and responded to the fire in Airport-3, where they were met by responding units from Nantucket Fire Department and Nantucket Police Department."
Numerous vehicles were damaged by the fires. But luckily, there was no harm done to any of the planes at the airport, despite the fires blazing just 40 feet away from the facility's jet fuel tanks.
"Combined fire resources responded and contained the fire. Several vehicles were damaged. The airport is currently coordinating with rental car agencies and agency partners to ensure scene safety. There is no longer an active fire at this time: the airport is open, and aeronautical operations are not affected," the statement said.