Fire destroys SUV southeast of Huntingburg

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire southeast of the city Sunday evening.

The 7:12 p.m. callout sent trucks to a location on Ferdinand Road Northwest about one-quarter mile east of County Road 100W.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said Thomas Montgomery, Huntingburg, had noticed a problem with the 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer he was driving and had pulled over to the side of the road.

A good Samaritan who was a former firefighter stopped and deployed an extinguisher on the engine compartment fire, Patberg said. The Samaritan thought the fire was out but it surged again as his extinguisher was emptied.

The fire spread into the passenger compartment, so by the time the department had the flames out, the SUV was a total loss.

Two trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 40 minutes.

The Huntingburg Police Department assisted.

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