Mechanical issues were likely to blame for a car fire that redirected traffic at a busy Collinsville intersection Monday afternoon.
Just before 1:30 p.m., fire crews were called to the area of East Country Lane and Vandalia Street for a vehicle on fire, Collinsville Fire Department Deputy Chief Barry O’Neill said.
O’Neill said the owner of the Kia had recently filled up his car at a nearby gas station before coming back to it find a fire had sparked. The blaze took about 15 minutes to extinguish.
The car was “all burnt up,” O’Neill said, and he guessed mechanical issues were the cause.
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Collinsville police cleared the intersection before 2 p.m.