Driver escapes uninjured after his car catches fire

April 06, 1994

A car caught fire yesterday as its driver was exiting from Route 97 onto Route 140 near Western Maryland College, state police in Westminster reported.

The driver, David Dodge of Westminster, was uninjured in the incident, which occurred just after 7 p.m., said Tfc. Wesley Herman Jr.

Mr. Dodge told police he stopped and jumped out of the car when he heard a "pop" and saw flames coming out from the under the hood of his 1985 Nissan 300ZX, said Tfc. Dave Hoff.

"It was a pretty good fire, too," Trooper Hoff said. "One tire was melted off."

Westminster firefighters sent an engine crew to the scene to extinguish the flames.


* Westminster: An employee of the Ryder Truck Rental Co. reported someone stole a tow dolly, used to tow front-wheel-drive vehicles, between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. The dolly was valued at $2,500.

An official of the Goodwill Industries store at the 140 Village Shopping Center reported someone shattered a show window with a pellet or BB gun Saturday. The damage was estimated at $150.


* Westminster: Firefighters from the Westminster station were dispatched to an auto fire at Route 140 and Leidy Road at 8:01 a.m. Tuesday. They returned to service in three minutes.

* Reese: Firefighters from the Reese station responded to a brush fire on Old Westminster Pike at 7:59 p.m. Monday. They were out for 15 minutes.

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