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Driver flees vehicle; flames seen through floorboard

Posted by wlpo on June 19, 2016

A Chicago couple was returning home from Peoria Saturday via eastbound I-80.  About 2 miles west of Ottawa, the 2 noticed smoke coming from their 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. By the time they pulled over and got out, flames were coming through the floorboards.

Ottawa Fire Department’s Captain Tim Geiger said his department got called out about 1:50pm and extinguished the flames. State Police estimated a four mile backup resulted from the incident. Even though the car is a total loss, said Geiger,  the couple did save some belongings.

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