"Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)"

Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/19/15 – 12:52 PM PDT |

CAJON PASS >> Angry owners flooded social media with complaints over the weekend that they had been charged $1,000 or more in towing fees after being forced to abandon their cars caught Friday in the 15 Freeway firestorm.

“They are charging $220 an hour to all those people that abandoned their cars at … Cajon Pass yesterday,” Michelle Sepulveda wrote on her Facebook page. “The family my brother saved yesterday is having to pay well over $2,600 to get her car out and every hour she waits, the more it goes up.”

California Highway Patrol officials quickly acted on the multiple complaints, opening an investigation into the allegations.

“We called in several tow companies we had on rotation,” Inland CHP spokesman Steve Carpia said. “When we learned of the complaints we began to investigate, eventually resolving this issue.”

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