Car fire blocks Beltline off-ramp, officials say

Car fire blocks Beltline off-ramp, officials say
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No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a car Thursday morning on a Beltline off-ramp, officials said.

Dane County sheriff’s deputies and crews from McFarland and Madison responded around 10:15 a.m. to the eastbound Beltline exit ramp to north and southbound Highway 51 for a vehicle on fire, according to a release.

A 2001 Buick LaSabre was stopped on the off-ramp from the Beltline at the traffic lights to northbound Highway 51 when it started on fire, officials said.

The four occupants of the car were able to get out of the vehicle safely, according to the release. Deputies also let a small child sit inside a squad car when they arrived.

The Buick had recent mechanical issues that may have caused the fire, investigators said. The car is being considered a total loss, but no one was injured.

Eastbound traffic to the exit ramp to Highway 51 was redirected for about an hour while emergency crews were at the scene, according to the release.