Natural gas vehicle catches fire, fire crews respond

Firefighters finish extinguishing a vehicle on 1000 East just below the St. George Boulevard intersection, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Fire crews rushed to 1000 East just south of the St. George Boulevard intersection after receiving notification of a fire involving a natural gas vehicle Monday afternoon.

Kaiden Green, of St. George, said he and his friends were traveling up the hill on 1000 East after leaving Swigs around 3:15 p.m. He turned on the air conditioning and heard a “pop” sound. He said he began to smell propane  and quickly pulled over to the side of the road. He heard another “pop” and got everyone out of the car.

Flames began to appear under the front passenger-side wheel well and in the engine compartment when the St. George Fire Department arrived at the scene. The fire was extinguished soon after their arrival.

“It was pretty scary,” Green said. “I thought (the car) was going to explode.”

No estimate on damage to the vehicle was given, though Green said the natural gas conversion kit in the vehicle is worth at least $3,000.

St. George Fire Battalion Chief Ken Guard said the cause of the fire had yet to be officially identified.

No one was harmed in the incident.

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Firefighters finish extinguishing a vehicle on 1000 East just below the St. George Boulevard intersection, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Firefighters finish extinguishing a vehicle on 1000 East just below the St. George Boulevard intersection, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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4 Comments

  • St. Georgian June 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Great pics!

  • Christine June 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Did anyone else notice these 3 wrecks happening within like 30 minutes of each other?!

  • debbie June 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    i am so glad that you cover the accidents.. for two reasons.. we have family and friends all over town.. when we pass by an accident we worry if someone we know may be involved. It helps cut down on “rubbernecking” when the community knows they can pull out their phones and go online and see whats going on. None of us, want to know a week later that someone we care about needs our help. Thanks for staying on top of this stuff..

  • Dr. Andrew White June 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I really appreciate the CNG cars. I don’t have one yet, I ride a motorcycle instead. But it seems to make sense that we use them in this country. It requires very little work to convert the engine to run CNG and we have plenty of CNG in this country. Why are we sending all that oil money over seas to people to hate us when we could be employing natural gas fields in ND, SD, and WY?

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