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Flames Engulf a Microbus

Like a Cheech and Chong movie without a punch line, a Volkswagen microbus went “Up in Smoke” early Friday evening at the intersection of Post Road West and Kings Highway South. No one was hurt, but the iconic style vehicle was fully torched.

Engine 4 and Engine 2 responded to the event, the latter to bring more water to douse the blazing vehicle. It took 1,000 gallons to ensure the flames were out.

The job was made more difficult because the engine block was built from magnesium, a combustible metal. Crews had to use foam and dry chemicals to keep that from getting worse.

The van's driver, whose name was not released by the fire department, said he was able to recover a few items from the car before the heat drove him back. By the time the first engine arrived the car was “fully involved” in fire. It started in the rear engine compartment.

Firefighters remained at the scene until they were certain all potential for additional fires was rectified and a wrecker hauled the burnt shell away.

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