ST. GEORGE — The St. George Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire near Desert Hills High School just before 9 a.m. Friday.
Students walked through clouds of smoke on their way to school as fire crews arrived on scene to find a Hyundai Sonata in flames, the fire originating in the engine compartment.
According to Battalion Chief Ken Guard, the owner of the vehicle was leaving for work when she started the car and noticed smoke. A St. George Police officer was driving past when he noticed the flames and stopped to provide assistance, using a nearby garden hose in an attempt to extinguish the fire.
Once fire crews arrived on scene, they were able to gain access to the engine compartment and use an attack line to douse the flames.
After speaking with the owner, Guard said an electrical issue appears to be the cause of the fire. The vehicle hasn’t experienced any prior mechanical issues, according to the owner, but the fire could have been a result of the starter or solenoid, Guard asserted.
No injuries were reported.
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