SMYRNA – Volunteer fire crews responded to a mechanical car fire early Monday morning that temporary blocked traffic until crews had the flames extinguished.
Fire Chief Norm Wynn said volunteers were on scene within minutes, but the car was already totally engulfed with fire. He said no one was injured.
“Thankfully, the driver noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and stopped the vehicle and got out,” said Wynn.
The car was stranded in the roadway at the intersection of Bliven Coye Hill Road and County Road 20, near Perry's Farm in Smyrna as it burned, temporarily halting traffic.
A Smyrna Fire Engine and crew arrived and had the fire out almost as quickly as it had spread, but the vehicle's gas tank had already ignited and it was totally destroyed.
The Smyrna Fire Department is an all volunteer organization, with about 15 active members. Wynn has been voted as chief twice in his 35 years as a firefighter, with about 15 total years of experience as chief.
The Fire Department is active every Wednesday evening at their station in the Village of Smyrna.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer should stop by Wednesday afternoons or call the department at 607-627-6666 to get more information.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but officials said it appeared mechanical.