A car burst into flames early Friday morning in downtown Grand Forks.

Capt. Blake Royal of the Grand Forks Fire Department said the red sedan was in the parking lot of 405 Bruce Ave. when a fire started under the hood just after 7:40 a.m.

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Royal said a woman called 911 because she saw the flames when she'd gone outside to smoke a cigarette. No one was inside the vehicle, and Royal said he was unsure what caused the fire.

Grand Forks Police officers were first on the scene and put out much of the blaze with a fire extinguisher, Royal said.