Car explodes during fire, causing small grass fires in southeast Emporia neighborhood

Typically, firefighters can have a vehicle fire out within a few minutes. That was not the case Friday as a small car caught fire in southeast Emporia.


Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Rich Gould says a SmartCar caught ablaze around 1:30 pm. in front of 825 Dove Run.





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Firefighters thought they had the blaze out, but they discovered the fuel cell was leaking -- and prompting numerous rekindles under the car.




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It took about 75 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control.


Early indications are the fire was electrical in nature. Gould says the owner, Alfonso Rascon of 702 Wilson, noticed the car wasn't acting correctly when he tried to start it. Smoke developed and he called 911. There were no injuries.


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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:30