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Car Fire Snarls Traffic

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 A car traveling on Interstate 79 just south of Interchange Sunday afternoon caused a real traffic tie up on this busy holiday weekend. State police had to stop traffic on both lanes of I-79 north bound so that firefighters could get to the car and put out the fire.

The vehicle was destroyed, but they were able to put out the fire in spite of the challenging location.

Matthew Parker, deputy chief of the Kearsarge Fire Department said, "We were dispatched to I-79 for a motor vehicle fire, upon arrival we found the fire fully engulfing the engine compartment. Just a dynamic with limited water resources as well as traffic makes it difficult to operate on the interstate, but our training kicks in." 

We asked if anyone got hurt.  "No injuries...all occupants were able to exit the vehicle," said Parker. He added that he didn't know what sparked the fire.
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