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Car explodes west of Crocker Sunday night in Highway U blaze
CROCKER, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2009) — A suspicious car fire sent flames high into the night sky Sunday on Highway U west of Crocker, and investigation of the blaze has been turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Crocker Fire Capt. Robert Ishmael reported that six Crocker firefighters responded with an engine and a rescue truck about 7 p.m. to the corner of Highway U and Blackjack Road about six miles west of Crocker, and found a blazing 2004 Buick Rendezvous sitting in the roadway.

“When I arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed with the driver’s door standing wide open and nobody around the vehicle,” Ishmael said. “Once we arrived on scene we had multiple explosions from the airbags, cylinders that were in the car, tires blew up and the gas tank split on it causing a ground cover fire … it ripped open, the flaming fuel went onto the ground.”

The vehicle was registered to a Missouri resident living in Brunswick but the driver hasn’t yet been found, Ishmael said.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, Ishmael said, and it’s not yet clear what caused the fire.

Ishmael said he’s also received preliminary information back from the Missouri state fire marshal’s office on a blaze last week in a home southeast of Crocker on the corner of Bobwhite and Bobcat roads.

“We haven’t got the official report back, but this is what the state fire marshal told us at the scene when he completed his investigation that this was an electrical outlet behind the furnace which the furnace was plugged into and it had been smoldering for quite some time,” Ishmael said.

The fire extensively damaged the home, but Ishmael said damage estimates aren’t immediately available.

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