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Sudden car fire startles onlookers

December 30, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - A car suddenly burst into flames at the intersection of Broadway and 7th North Streets Saturday evening, temporarily halting traffic at the busy intersection.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. in the northbound lane of Broadway. Rick Ulrich, who witnessed the fire while walking near the Walgreens store at the intersection, said he was alerted to the accident by an incredibly loud scraping or dragging sound. He said he turned around to locate the sound just in time to see fire explode up to a foot high out of the hood and wheel wells of the vehicle. He said the fire instantly shrunk down and an oily smelling smoke issued out of the vehicle. He said the driver quickly exited the vehicle and appeared unhurt.

"I've never seen something like that before. Definitely not in New Ulm," said Ulrich. "It was pretty intense."

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Staff photo by Josh Moniz

Firefighters from the New Ulm Fire Department use a foam spray to douse a car fire that occurred Saturday evening at the intersection of Broadway Street and 7th North Street. No injuries were reported.

Ulrich was the individual who called the accident in to emergency services.

New Ulm Fire Department and New Ulm Police Department were the emergency services to respond to the scene. The northbound lane at the stoplight for the intersection was blocked off for less than 20 minutes while firefighters doused the burning engine with a foam spray. The vehicle was subsequently towed away. Police officials said the driver was released shortly afterwards without any injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. No other people were reported injured in the accident.

Since a report was not yet filed by the time of publication, the driver's name and the model of the car remained unknown.

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