The death of a 17-year-old in a car battery fire in Ottawa is a reminder of how dangerous the fire is and the fact that the vehicle itself is so vulnerable.
The 17-month-old car was found abandoned in the woods by the front passenger seat on a highway near Highway 427 and Highway 535 on Tuesday.
The boy’s body was found in the back of the vehicle with no warning signs.
The teen was a passenger in a 2014 Toyota Highlander that was found burned out and in a nearby field.
The fire was reported at 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday in the area of the Oldfield Road intersection and the highway, according to Ottawa Fire Services.
The vehicle had two sets of windows and had a blacked out dashboard.
No one was in the car.
The driver was identified as the father of the teen, and the two boys were in a minor relationship, police said.
“The circumstances are so tragic and so tragic that there’s no question that there was a serious and dangerous situation there,” said Ottawa police Sgt. Mark Tinsley.
Ottawa Fire Services has charged five people with manslaughter and four with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
They are being held in custody.