News short: Man’s Porsche catches fire en route to mechanic

ST. GEORGE — While en route to the repair shop Monday afternoon, a suspected fuel leak caused a man’s Porsche to catch fire in St. George.

Around 2:30 p.m., the man was driving east on Tabernacle Street when his Porsche caught fire, St. George Fire Captain Rick Nelson said.

The St. George Fire Department responded to a vehicle caught fire in the area of 400 West and Tabernacle Street, St. George, Utah, July 20, 2015 | Photo Courtesy of Cody Davis, St. George News
The St. George Fire Department responded to a vehicle caught fire in the area of 400 West and Tabernacle Street, St. George, Utah, July 20, 2015 | Photo Courtesy of Cody Davis, St. George News

“The owner of the car thought that he may have had a problem with a fuel leak,” Nelson said.

The driver was on his way to the repair shop to get the fuel leak fixed when the fire started underneath the hood of the car, Nelson said.

The St. George Fire Department responded to the incident, and fire crews were able to get into the engine compartment and put the fire out.

Traffic was diverted around the incident for a short time, Nelson said.

The car had visible damage to the hood and was towed from the scene.

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4 Comments

  • ladybugavenger July 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Shoulda took a tow truck

  • Bender July 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Got a 20+ year old porche/vw? Get those fuel lines replaced before your ride burns.

  • fun bag July 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    what if it was a nearly new Porsche?

  • tcrider July 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    bottom line,
    never, ever drive a car with a fuel leak, even if you think you can save the money for a tow truck.

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