By Brandi Makuski
Firefighters in Hull say it took just a few minutes to knock down a Monday afternoon car fire.
The town’s fire department was called to the Hwy. 10 West ramp for I-39 southbound at 5:23 p.m. on June 17 after a caller reported the blaze.
Hull Fire Chief Ken Sadogierski said the front end of the vehicle was “fully engulfed” when crews arrived on the scene. Occupants from the car escaped without injury, he added.
Sadogierski said a man was driving the vehicle when “he heard a loud noise from the engine,” then the engine stopped functioning and the man pulled over. Fortunately, Sadogierski said, the man’s wife was driving a second vehicle behind him.
“Right when the car died, he pulled it over and that’s when it started on fire,” Sadogierski said. “He blew the motor—we were picking up parts of the oil pan and the motor all over the highway.”
A Portage Co. deputy also responded to assist. Sadogierski said his crews were on the scene for about an hour.