Monday, February 20, 2017




Fire consumes vehicle in Putnam; driver escapes

Driver escaped unhurt (photo: Joey Nickisher)

PATTERSON – The driver of a minivan escaped injury late Saturday when his vehicle went up in flames on Fair Street near the intersection of Towners Road near the Patterson-Kent town line.

Members of the Patterson Fire Department rushed to the scene with an engine/tanker and crews extinguished the inferno preventing the spread of the fire to nearby vegetation.

Incident Commander Patterson Assistant Chief Joey Nickischer said the fire was “so intense that it caused aluminum and plastic auto parts to melt and fuse onto the roadway.”

The chief summoned additional resources to assist in the cleanup when it was discovered that the van’s engine had “begun disintegrating before stopping as huge internal engine components were strewn along the road for several hundred feet along with various types of engine fluids.” 

Patterson Fire Police closed Fair Street for more than an hour until the cleanup was completed.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were on the scene until 1:30 Sunday morning.


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