ELKTON — An investigation is continuing after a blaze destroyed a car parked in an Elkton shopping center, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A passerby called 911 at 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday after noticing the burning 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo outside Redner’s Warehouse Markets in the 300 block of Augustine Herman Highway (Route 213), prompting six members of Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton to respond, fire officials said.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about five minutes, before bringing it under control, fire officials added.

The fire totaled the car, which had an estimated value of $4,000, according to Sr. Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver J. Alkire, an agency spokesman, who identified David Temple as the owner of the vehicle.

MOSFM detectives determined that the blaze started inside the driver-passenger area of the car, but, as of Thursday, the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Alkire reported.

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