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Firefighters respond to car fire at Collinsville intersection

What to do if your car catches on fire

Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.
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Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

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.

Collinsville police cleared the intersection before 2 p.m.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic
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