The Bolivar City Fire Department urges caution after battling a vehicle fire at around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the 100 block of North Williams Ave. 

According to BCFD Lt. Jeremiah Archer, crews found an SUV “in close proximity to the home with active fire coming from the engine compartment” when they arrived on scene.  

Because the SUV was parked directly under the home’s electrical line, Archer said he called for Empire Electric crews “to respond to isolate the line to ensure crew safety.”

Archer said the cause of the fire is undetermined but originated in the engine compartment. However, the fire did spread into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, he said.  

No one was injured in the fire.

In total, five firefighters were on scene. Archer said the Bolivar City Police Department provided traffic control. 

As he arrived on scene, Archer said a BPD officer was attempting to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.  

“Around the same time the officer was beginning to use the extinguisher, both front tires blew up from the fire impingement,” Archer said. “I’m thankful that the officer was not in close proximity in that situation.”

The officer’s close call “highlights the importance of safety and how dynamic car fire events can be,” Archer said.  

“Many things can cause explosions that could cause injuries, including fluid cells like the gas tank, tires and bumper shock absorbers,” he added.  

Archer said it’s best for people to “err on the side of caution” if they encounter a vehicle in flames. 

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