Car bursts into flame in mall lot Man was turning the ignition off CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

August 26, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Hershel Pickett Jr. got a nasty surprise when he drove his 1987 Ford Escort to the parking lot of Cranberry Mall about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.

The Finksburg man told authorities he had just stopped the car and was turning the key off when the vehicle erupted into


He was able to jump out and run inside the mall for help.

Frank Fornoff, a security officer at the mall and a volunteer firefighter in Westminster, was the first to arrive at the scene of the blazing auto with two fire extinguishers.

An engine from Westminster was called and extinguished the fire, which destroyed the vehicle.

State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg said the blaze started in the engine compartment near the fuel supply. He declared it accidental. No one was injured in the fire, but Mr. Pickett said, "I just got the car paid for."

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