WASHINGTON CITY – Fire crews extinguished flames during the noon hour Monday after a recently purchased vehicle caught fire on the 500 West block of Harvest Lane in Washington.
The woman driver and her two children were on their way back from the grocery store around noon, Washington City Fire Chief Brent Hafen said. They were about a block and a half away from home when the car started smoking.
The woman pulled over and knocked on a neighbor’s door for help, Hafen said. The neighbor helped the woman get her kids and groceries out of the vehicle and took her and her children the rest of the way home. When they looked back they could see smoke at which point they called 911.
“When the first arriving engine got here it looked like the gas tank had already ruptured a little bit,” Hafen said. “There was fuel running down the street that was on fire and the car was fully engulfed and gone. It went pretty fast.”
Washington City police were on scene to secure the area while the Washington City Fire Department extinguished the blaze, taking crews approximately 10-15 minutes to suppress the flames.
The family had just purchased the Honda Pilot SUV last week, Hafen said. No injuries were reported, he said, and the cause of the fire is still pending determination at the time of this report.
“It looks like it started in the engine compartment and it went through the car pretty fast,” Hafen said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities at the scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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