UPDATE: The Patterson Auto Group released a statement Friday stating that the vehicle that caught fire will be bought back from the customer and the purchase contract will be cancelled. The statement also said that any costs associated with the vehicle purchase and the subsequent fire, including any personal items lost, will be reimbursed.
"This is a very unfortunate incident and we are thankful that no one was injured. Although the pre-owned vehicles that we sell are thoroughly checked, unforeseen part failures, which are out of our control, are still a possibility. At Patterson, we want our customers to know that they can buy with confidence from us and that they will be taken good care of after the sell," said Paul Tigrett, CEO of the Patterson Auto Group.