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Cig causes car to combust Tuesday evening

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – Around 6:30 PM Tuesday evening, the Mason City Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire at the VFW Post 733, located at 1603 South Monroe. It was reported that the vehicle was fully engulfed.

At the VFW, a red Chevy Cavalier had flames shooting out both sides of the car, smoke filling the area in front of the club.

Firefighters were trying to get the flames out, but they were stubborn and didn’t want to go out. An onlooker said, “That Fire just don’t want to stay out, it keeps coming back.”

With the south winds, the flames were blowing on the Ford Ranger parked to the north of it. There was a loud pop, the passenger window of the Ranger shattered.

The owner of the Cavalier said, “It all started because Steve dropped his cigarette.” Steve is a friend that was on sitting on the passenger side of the car. “He dropped his cigarette and it went up in flames, just like that, in seconds flames were everywhere. There was probably papers or something on the floor. That was my only car,” he explained, looking at the car in disbelief.

The female owner of the Ford Ranger was concerned asking if there was any damage to her truck. The firefighters asked her to stay back until they were sure the fire was completely out. Afterward, they informed her of the damage.

The manager of the VFW, after making sure everyone was alright, asked, “Is there any damage to the building?” Looking to see, “Yep, there is, see it?” The vinyl siding in front had melted.

The fire ended up doing major damage to both vehicles and to the the front of the VFW. The Mason City Police Department was there to assist.

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