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Westport Firefighters Extinguish Burning Car On I-95

A Westport firefighter attacks the burning car in the breakdown lane of I-95 on Sunday.
A Westport firefighter attacks the burning car in the breakdown lane of I-95 on Sunday. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
The car was destroyed in the fire on I-95.
The car was destroyed in the fire on I-95. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Fire Department extinguished a burning car in the breakdown lane of I-95 northbound on Sunday, an incident that closed two lanes of the highway for about an hour.

The report of the fire between exits 18 and 19 came in at 6:42 p.m. Sunday, the fire department said in a statement.

The driver reported "smelling something burning" just before the fire broke out, the statement said. After pulling the vehicle into the breakdown lane, the driver noticed flames and called 911.

Two Engine Companies and the Shift Commander responded. One hose line was stretched from Engine 5, and the fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters from Engine 2 performed overhaul.

The vehicle was removed, and the last fire department unit cleared I-95 at 7:41 p.m.

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