Firefighters Battle Fully Engulfed Car Fire on Sunrise Highway (Photos)

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded on Friday at around 4 p.m.

arrived on Sunrise Highway on Friday around 4 p.m. to a scene of a fully engulfed car fire, according to Chief Chip Bancroft.

"It was a cranking fire," said Bancroft. "The gas tank blew, the tires blew and windows were popping."

Bancroft said the car caught fire on the westbound lane of Sunrise Highway about a mile east of Speonk Riverhead Road. 

Traffic, he said, was backed up for sometime even before firefighters arrived. 

"People were looking and taking photos. The fire was pretty big," he said.

It took the fire department between five to seven minutes to fully extinguish the fire," said Bancroft, who believes the car was an Acura, but it was hard to tell.

"The car was toast," said Bancroft.

The driver of the car got out of the vehicle safely and the car has since been hauled away. 

"The guys did a great job," said Bancroft of his crew.

William Cottringer September 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Almost looks as bad as the sudden car fire we had with a Thrifty rental of a 2012 Nissan Altima on Route 435 in Kansas September 2, 2012. Without electronics we were trapped inside a furiously bruning and smoking car. Luck to be alive and now have to deal with four insurance adjusters...


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