News short: Fire puts brakes on car sale

Results of a vehicle fire in the Moon River subdivision of St. George, Utah, Sept. 20, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Hopes to sell a car went up in smoke for a young couple when they discovered the car caught fire Saturday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., Saturday, the St. George Communications Center received a call from a residence in the Moon River subdivision located at 470 East 1100 South. Police scanner traffic reported the front of a gray Nissan Maxima parked in a driveway had become engulfed in flames.

Both St. George Police and Fire personnel arrived on the scene and found the car on fire. Firefighters quickly put the fire out, but the car appears to be a complete loss, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said at the scene.

Williams said the young couple who owned the Nissan Maxima were planning to post the car for sale online. Prior to the fire, they had moved the car out of the garage and cleaned it so they could take photos of it. They went inside for a moment, and when they returned they found the front of the car on fire and called dispatch.

The fire was contained to the car and the cause is currently unknown, though Williams said it does not appear to be human-caused. Despite the loss, Williams said the car was insured.

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23 Comments

  • S. Carter September 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    They did it for the insurance money. Case closed

    • Codester September 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Um you don’t even know them, so keep your mouth shut. This was his baby.

      • S. Carter September 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        Wow, despite a recent tragedy, that’s pretty insensitive of you to mention a “baby” on a story about a car, one that overheated nonetheless. You’re sick dude!

      • Bobber September 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Why was he selling his “baby”?

        • Codester September 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

          Because they had a “real baby” and need a larger vehicle like and SUV.

    • Zonkerb September 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      And you know that for a fact.? Wow maybe you should work for the insurance company your amazing.!

  • Lightning Mcqueen September 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    🙁 RIP car. im sure you served your owners well.

  • killjoy September 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Talked about being blessed. Great that it didn’t catch fire while in the garage.

  • Bobber September 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Before this site I never knew that so many cars caught fire.

    • Mean Momma September 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Don’t worry Bobber, I’m sure the only cars in Utah that catch fire are belonging to those who don’t have a good bishop connection, and didn’t have a ward recommend or serve a strong mission! I’m sure you’ll. be fine!

      • Koolaid September 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

        Really? Can you find that on their carfax reports of being verified worthy vehicles?

        • Mean Momma September 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

          Yep KOOLAID, those of us wearing “magic undies” are the only ones that can see it…. So sorry you’re not a part of this blessed group of people, probably fuels your hatred even more…. Oh well!

          • Koolaid September 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

            Are those cars catching on fire a result of defective burning bosoms? Maybe burning bosom extinguishers should be mandatory at all time.

  • Codester September 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Oh no! This was my buddy’s car. His baby! It was immaculate! Sorry Jer! 🙁

  • ladybugavenger September 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Next…spontaneous human combustion

  • ladybugavenger September 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Are you insured?

  • Paul September 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hopes of sale gone, hopes of insurance fraud up

  • Bobber2 September 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

    My first thought exactly, Insurance Fraud. Conveniently cleaned out and moved out of the garage. Perfect story for the cops and the insurance company. This is just another story of a baby being cooked without any consequences and the “poor victim” gets some much needed $$$$ to boot.

  • noone September 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

    catching fire to your car in your driveway is not really all that smart. I don’t believe that is the case here. I looked up about Maxima’s and fire related issues, just out of curiosity. There are issues with the fuel line in certain years, and this can pose as a firing issues, which in turn can lead to a fire.
    Not saying this is the issue here, but it is possible.

    Never judge a book by it’s cover. I like t

  • get a grip September 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    The people saying its insurance fraud are the ones most likely to do that very thing themselves.

    • ladybugavenger September 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      I mention spontaneous human combustion…does that mean I’m going to combust spontaneously….crap I better get insured

      • Koolaid September 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

        Can burning bosoms be classified as spontaneous human combustion?

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