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April 18, 2016

Firefighters have to be ready to battle blazes wherever they occur, and that includes on the road. In 2014 -- the most recent year for which data is available -- there were 3,395 vehicle fires in New Jersey. Passenger vehicles accounted for the largest number of these: 2,614 (77 percent), which translated into a property loss of $8,191,365. The loss of vehicle contents came in at $472,175. The second-largest group of vehicles to smoke and smolder was road freight or transport vehicles: 365 (11 percent). Property loss for all vehicles except passenger vehicles was $4,372,194. Content loss was $638,551.

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