BROKEN BOW— On Tuesday, May 26, the Broken Bow Fire Department responded to a car fire approximately six miles south of Broken Bow on NE Hwy. 21 just before 8 PM.
According to Broken Bow Fire and EMS Coordinator Andy Holland, the driver of the compact car believed the vehicle was having a mechanical problem and pulled over on the side of the road. After coming to a stop, the driver noticed smoke from under the car and believed the vehicle was on fire.
When Broken Bow fire crews arrived on scene, it was determined that the vehicle had not been on fire, but had started the grass on fire under the vehicle. Due to the saturated ground, the fire burned out quickly and left a small patch of burnt grass. Holland did say crews sprayed water on the patch of burned grass as a precaution and noted that there was no danger of the fire spreading at any time.
The driver was able to operate the vehicle and left the scene shortly after. The vehicle sustained no damage due to the fire.
Broken Bow Fire and EMS and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.