A fire near Nantucket Memorial Airport set ablaze at least five vehicles that were used by the Secret Service during President Joe Biden‘s Thanksgiving vacation on the wealthy Massachusetts island.
The vehicles are owned by Hertz and were just recently returned to the rental car company by USSS, according to sources who spoke with the Nantucket Current.
The fire involving the rental cars occurred Monday – one day after Biden left Nantucket to return to the White House.
There were no injuries but at least four cars sustained significant damage in the fire, which occurred just 40 feet from the airport’s 25,000-gallon jet fuel tanks.
Five vehicles went up in flames that were rented by the U.S. Secret Service during President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving vacation to Nantucket. The fire was just 40 feet from the airport’s 25,000-gallon jet fuel tanks
The vehicles, rented from Hertz, were destroyed from a yet-to-be-explained fire on Monday in the parking lot of the Nantucket Memorial Airport – just one day after the president left the island to return to Washington, D.C.
One of the vehicles was a Ford Expedition, which is under a manufacturer battery recall. The vehicle was scheduled to receive a replacement battery, but it had not yet been swapped out at the time of the fire
Five cars rented by the USSS during Biden’s Thanksgiving trip to Nantucket were towed due to the fire – they are a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition and Jeep Gladiator.
The vehicles were used to transport the president’s family around the island.
Although it is not immediately clear what caused the fire, the Ford Expedition is under a manufacturer battery recall. The vehicle involved in the fire was scheduled to receive a replacement battery, but it had not yet been swapped out at the time of the fire.
Biden spent Thanksgiving at the ritzy Nantucket island off the coast of Massachusetts with his family. Pictured: The president enjoys a beverage as he shops with his daughter Ashley and first lady Jill Biden for Small Business Saturday in Nantucket
The incident is now under investigation considering the vehicles were used by the president’s security detail just one day before bursting into flames.
The Nantucket Current released videos on Twitter showing the front ends of vehicles that were completely obliterated by the fire.
Biden flew to Nantucket the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with first lady Jill Biden as well as his son Hunter, his wife Melissa Cohen and their son Beau Jr. The president returned to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November 27 after spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the island.
A heavy security operation was evident as the President and his family moved around the rainy streets during Thanksgiving vacation on Nantucket. This security included elite Secret Service Counter Sniper pairs
The airport released a statement on the incident, writing: ‘At approximately 5:22 am Airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the Airport’s Closed Circuit Television System. 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.’
‘Combined fire resources responded and contained the fire,’ the statement added. ‘Several vehicles were damaged.’
The airport’s operations were not affected by the fire, which has since been extinguished, according to the statement.