Archive for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Car fire sparks Sunday brush fire, closes State Avenue

January 28, 2014, 8:48 p.m.

Updated: January 28, 2014, 8:48 p.m.

— A car fire Sunday at about 12:53 p.m. forced a brief closure of the westbound lanes of State Avenue while emergency crews responded to put out the flames.

According to Fairmount Township Fire Chief Charles Magaha, the fire started under the dashboard of a Dodge 2500 four-door pickup carrying four people. The truck pulled over just east of 166th St. and the passengers exited the vehicle as it was being engulfed in flames. Magaha said the cause of the fire wasn’t determined. There were no injuries.

The truck’s gas tank ruptured during the fire, sparking the brush fire, Magaha said. Fairmount Township doused the flames using about 2,000 gallons of water.

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