Friends of Hanover car fire victim: 'We're suspicious'

Friends of Hanover car fire victim: 'We're suspicious'
A Hanover car fire killed one person late Monday. (Source: Viewer Valerie Blondo)
A Hanover car fire killed one person late Monday. (Source: Viewer Valerie Blondo)

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The family of a man found dead in the back seat of a burning car, is now voicing suspicions over what caused that fire.

The body of Zaheer Mazhar, 37, was found in his charred white Toyota, Monday night. The car went up in flames at the BP gas station where investigators say Mazhar works, off Mechanicsville Turnpike. Mazhar leaves behind a wife and two children.

Witnesses say they couldn't believe the ball of fire in front of them, at one of the gas pumps.

"The car's on fire, and everyone just jumped to the window and looked at it. It just started getting bigger and bigger, and we just ran out of the store," said Keisha Dabney who works at a restaurant next door.

"I couldn't believe my eyes at first. I mean, you hear about stuff like this, but you don't think you'll ever see it," said Davan Guyton, who watched the fire from across the street.

Fire crews quickly arrived, and extinguished the fire that totaled the car, an entire gas pump, and some of the roof. However, the discovery of Mazhar's body in the back seat of the car, was devastating.

Investigators say the gas pump was on the ground and that Mazhar was the only person at the scene of the fire. Officials say they are not currently looking for any suspects.

However, a friend of Mazhar's family says his wife wants to see his body, even if it is unrecognizable, as well as the autopsy results and surveillance video. The family says me they're very troubled that Mazhar was in the backseat and that the investigation is not considered suspicious at this point. They say Mazhar told his wife of death threats in the days leading up to his death.

The sheriff's office isn't commenting on the investigation. Mazhar's family is obviously crushed and on edge, as they are unsure what caused this fire.

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