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Flames engulf car late Monday in Mitchell

Flames engulfed a vehicle Monday night on Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell, according to police. There were no injuries At about 11 p.m., the Mitchell Police and Fire divisions responded to a report of a vehicle fire near the intersection of Sanborn...

Flames engulf car late Monday in Mitchell
The Mitchell Fire Division responds to a car on fire around 11 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and the Highway 37 bypass in Mitchell. (Kella Rodiek/Republic)
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Flames engulfed a vehicle Monday night on Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell, according to police. There were no injuries

At about 11 p.m., the Mitchell Police and Fire divisions responded to a report of a vehicle fire near the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and the Highway 37 bypass. Deborah Swenson, 49, of Mitchell, driving a green 1994 Buick Park Avenue, turned north onto Sanborn Boulevard from 19th Avenue when the vehicle began to spark.

Swenson pulled over, and her husband, Kevin Swenson, 53, who was in the passenger seat, exited the car and opened the hood. He immediately saw flames coming from the engine, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch.

“It looks like it happened pretty quick,” Reinesch said.

Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 10 minutes.

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The Park Avenue was totaled and towed from the scene. The Fire Department is preliminarily attributing the epicenter to the vehicle’s fuel area.

Flames engulf car late Monday in Mitchell
The Mitchell Fire Division responds to a car on fire around 11 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and the Highway 37 bypass in Mitchell. No other details were immediately available. (Kella Rodiek/Republic)

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