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Car fire spreads to dry grass

By Craig Brown, Columbian Editor, and
Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith
Published: July 2, 2015, 12:00am

A classic Volkswagen Beetle went up in flames Thursday afternoon and caught a field on fire near Daybreak Park.

A teenager was working on the car before he drove it on a driveway next to the field. The car smelled funny, and the driver discovered there was fire coming from the bottom of the engine compartment before he bailed out of the car, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy.

Although the driver was OK, his car was not.

The Volkswagen erupted into flames that quickly spread into the field, burning about a quarter of an acre, Dawdy said. The fire was reported at 2:10 p.m. at 7612 N.E. 259th St. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which didn’t threaten any structures.

Normally damage from this kind of situation would not have spread, but dry conditions are exacerbating fire dangers, Dawdy said.

“We’re really asking people to be extra cautious this year,” he said.

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