PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officer Dean Spadavecchia responded to the parking lot of the Green Hill Plaza on a report of an active vehicle fire at 5:41 p.m. on October 3.
Upon arrival the officer observed a white sedan with flames emanating from the hood.
The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Model 500, owned by John J. Desalvo, Riverdale.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers Appel and Krol also arrived on the scene and began to locate the owner of the vehicle. Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Department District 6 extinguished the flames.
Desalvo said “he was driving to work when the check engine light appeared. I pulled over into the Green Hills Shopping Center to investigate the issue. He opened the hood and observed flames in the engine compartment and immediately asked bystanders to call 911.”
According to the officers, DeSalvo’s cell phone and various clothing and vehicle documents were destroyed in the fire.
Powder Mill Towing removed the vehicle from the scene.