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RAINELLE (AP and WVVA) -- Foul play is suspected in a fire that destroyed several cars at the Rainelle State Police barracks early Thursday morning.

Authorities say no one was injured when four vehicles caught fire and several exploded on a parking lot at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Rainelle.

Rainelle Fire Chief Shawn Wolford says the incident is suspicious due to the number of vehicles involved.

Wolford says firefighters responding to a call around 1 a.m. Thursday found several vehicles on fire, including a State Police cruiser, a trooper's personal vehicle, and three vehicles that had recently been seized.

Wolford says he was awakened by one of the explosions. He lives about three-quarters of a mile from the barracks.

The State Police and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating. No arrests have been made, but police say they have suspects in mind.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons involved in this incident. Tips can be shared at 304-255-STOP.

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