ST. GEORGE — A woman’s trip from a car mechanic shop Monday morning unexpectedly heated up when her car began smoking as she was driving, before going up in flames.
Just after 11 a.m., members of the St. George Fire Department were dispatched to the Bloomington Park located at 650 W. Man-O-War Road in St. George after receiving reports that a vehicle was on fire in the parking lot, St. George Fire Capt. Rick Nelson said.
When the firemen arrived on scene, a blue Honda Odyssey van had visible flames coming from the front of the vehicle, Nelson said.
“Luckily, everybody was out of the vehicle,” he said. “So we went into fast-attack mode and put the fire out.”
The cars only occupant, a woman, said she had just taken the van to a mechanic, Nelson said. As she was driving, she noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment, and pulled into the Bloomington Park parking lot.
The vehicle fire is believed to have been the result of a mechanical issue, Nelson said, but the exact cause the fire was unclear.
“It’s pretty common in … vehicle fires,” Nelson said.
When leaving a mechanic or having any vehicle work done, Nelson said, it is important to pay attention to your vehicle to make sure everything is working how it should be.
“If there is any problem at all — you smell anything strange, or see any smoke — do just like this lady did and pull over and get out of the vehicle,” Nelson said. “We just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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