Van catches fire on I-70

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 11:48 a.m. CDT
An automotive parts van caught fire Tuesday morning after 8 a.m. on I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit. The driver realized the van was on fire after he got out to change a tire.

COLUMBIA — A van carrying automotive parts caught fire this morning on westbound I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit.

The driver of the van saw small flames when he pulled over to change a flat tire, said Columbia Fire Battalion Chief Steven Sapp. A passing motorist stopped to help with a small fire extinguisher, but they were unable to put out the fire.

Sapp said the van's brakes likely overheated to start the fire. The fire appeared to have begun on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. High temperatures can play a role in cars overheating, Sapp said, but he didn't know if Tuesday's heat played a role in this fire.

The 911 call came in after 8 a.m.  Sapp estimated the damage to be $30,000. The van was owned by Lou Fusz Automotive in St. Louis and delivered auto parts in Columbia and central Missouri.

No one was injured in the accident.

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