Fire destroys car in rural Emerado, driver unharmed in road blaze
EMERADO, N.D.—A woman driving on a rough country road Monday afternoon south of Emerado was forced to abandon her car after it burst into flames.
Emerado Police Chief Dan Lund said the early 2000s Ford Taurus was "fully engulfed" in fire when he responded to the incident about 3:30 p.m. at 1200 28th St. N.E., 7 miles south of Emerado. The driver, who declined comment to the press, was able to escape the car quickly and was unhurt in the blaze.
Lund was sure to use the past tense when describing the vehicle. By the time firefighters with the Emerado Volunteer Fire Department were done cooling the wreckage with a sprayable foam, the vehicle had been reduced to a burned-out husk.
Emerado Fire Lt. Chris Thielke said the fire had mostly burned itself itself out when his crew responded. Emergency personnel believe the car overheated because of a combination of high air temperatures and engine exertion handling a low-maintenance gravel road rutted by summer storms.