THORNTON— Injuries were avoided in a Thursday evening car fire, thanks to the female driver’s keen sense of smell.
The driver and single occupant of a small Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was traveling North toward Newburg on Irontown Road near the Preston County line when she began smelling something getting hot.
She then immediately pulled the vehicle off to the side of the road, made her exit and proceeded around to the front of the car where she attempted to pop the hood, in order to inspect just what causing the smell.
The drive described the car’s hood as being too hot to even touch making it impossible and unsafe for her to raise. That is when she knew her car troubles were serious.
The Grafton Fire Department (GFD) was alerted to the fire, which was believed to have started in the engine compartment of the SUV, around 6:00 p.m., and members quickly raced to the scene.
Despite the prompt arrival time of the department, the vehicle was reportedly completely consumed by bright orange flames upon their arrival.
Crews from the GFD were able to extinguish the flames in a short amount of time, however the SUV was deemed a total loss, as the heat melted door panels and caused windows to shatter.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown, and the automobile was towed from the scene by CG&J Towing.