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Car engulfed by flames slows Route 24 traffic in Bridgewater (MA)


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BRIDGEWATER — The West Bridgewater Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police responded to a car engulfed in flames while being towed on Route 24 North in Bridgewater Thursday morning.

While towing the car, an Everett’s Auto Parts tow truck driver noticed smoke coming from the car and pulled over, according to the West Bridgewater Fire Department.

“It was being towed. It sounds the like the brakes or something locked up on it. Maybe a mechanical failure that caused it to overheat and catch fire,” said West Bridgewater Fire Chief Kenneth May.

After releasing the car from the truck, the driver tried to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful. Within nine minutes the 2002 Mazda Protege was engulfed in flames.

″[The tow truck driver] felt it dragging, noticed smoke from the back and unhooked it and tried to extinguish it but it was already inflamed,” May said. “They catch fast.”

The West Bridgewater Fire Department received the call at 10:52 a.m. from the State Police. It’s unclear why the car was being towed or who initially contacted authorities.

No injuries occurred during the incident, as no one was in or near the car when it caught fire.


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