Woman parks in downtown Madison, returns to find car on fire

Woman parks in downtown Madison, returns to find car on fire
Courtesy Lucky Souphit Kwanruck

A car parked outside a downtown Madison building caught fire Tuesday night, fire officials said.

The Madison Fire Department said crews responded at 9:52 p.m. to a report of a fire just outside the City-County Building in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment.

Firefighters pulled the bumper line, deflated the front right tire and attempted to open the hood using the release lever inside the vehicle, according to the report. When the release lever didn’t work, they pried the hood open from the outside.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters spoke to the owner, who said she saw some smoke coming out the front of the vehicle when she stepped away to go to the City-County Building, but when she returned the vehicle was on fire.

Fire officials said she told them she had the vehicle serviced about two weeks ago. Although there was a small oil leak, her mechanic said the car was still operable. The vehicle was insured, the fire department said.

A bystander was able to catch a quick video of the crew fighting the fire.