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Fire destroys car in rural Emerado, driver unharmed in road blaze

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Firefighters from the Emerado Fire Department responded after a car burst into flames Monday afternoon. The blaze that gutted the Ford Taurus had mostly burned itself out by the time firefighters arrived, so crews sprayed it with cooling foam so a tow truck could haul it away. The driver was unhurt by the fire. (Andrew Haffner/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 4
Personnel from the Emerado Police Department, Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office and the Emerado Volunteer Fire Department responded to a car fire Monday afternoon. (Andrew Haffner/Grand Forks Herald)3 / 4
A woman driving down a country road in rural Emerado, N.D., evacuated her Ford Taurus after it caught fire Monday afternoon. Emergency personnel said the fire was caused by a combination of high air temperatures and engine overexertion on the rutted road. The driver was unhurt in the fire. (Andrew Haffner/Grand Forks Herald)4 / 4

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.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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