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Woman escapes as engine fire destroys car in Harvard

HARVARD – A woman got out of a car unhurt before an engine fire destroyed the vehicle Thursday, a Harvard fire official said.

Harvard Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Daniel Danczyk said firefighters were dispatched shortly before 9:15 a.m. to a home in the 300 block of Grant Street for a car that was on fire. They found a 2000 Chrysler 300 with flames shooting out from under the hood and some fire encroaching on the passenger compartment, Danczyk said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in less than 10 minutes, he said. The car was destroyed, but did not damage a home about 30 feet away, Danczyk said. Officials do not believe the fire was suspicious.

The woman who was in the car when the fire started told firefighters she had just started the car and backed up when she noticed flames coming from the engine. Officials said she was not injured in the blaze.

– Katie Dahlstrom

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