ST. GEORGE — A woman and children were traveling Bluff Street in St. George in a light blue Toyota Sienna van when it caught fire Thursday afternoon.
At 3:27 p.m. the St. George Fire Department responded to 950 S. Bluff Street in front of Zion Motors where the woman had pulled the van over and successfully removed her children without harm.
The fire was extinguished less than 10 minutes later and no injuries to the woman or children were reported.
After the van caught on fire, the woman was able to pull the vehicle into a safe area on the southbound shoulder of Bluff Street in front of Zion Motors, Fire Department Battalion Chief Ken Guard said. She was able to evacuate her children from the vehicle safely and remove her belongings before they were damaged, he said.
The inflamed vehicle did interrupt the flow of traffic for a short period as emergency personnel blocked two of the southbound lanes. Once the fire was extinguished, the vehicle was towed from the site.
The Fire Department’s investigation did not determine cause but did find the fire originated in the engine compartment, investigating captain, Jason Whipple, said.
“It could be a combination of things that started the fire,” he said.
In general, the cause of a vehicle fire is very difficult to determine, Guard said.
The St. George Fire Department averages approximately two vehicle fires per week, Whipple said. As a safeguard, he said, people should constantly keep their vehicles maintained and inspect them regularly.
Ed. note: The vehicle described as a Toyota Sierra corrected to Sienna.
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