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Car Engulfed in Flames in Selkirk

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | July 08, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 070920105

A car became fully-engulfed in flames in Selkirk with no report of the location or condition of the driver.

The Selkirk Fire Department and Delmar-Bethlehem EMS responded to the call at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th, in the area of Elm Avenue between Jericho Road and Elm Avenue East.

"Myself and a fellow firefighter arrived on scene and had extinguishers and we attempted to put it out," said Chief Joe Michaniw of the Selkirk Fire Department.

Since nobody was standing near the car and the doors were closed, crews were unsure if the driver was still inside the vehicle or not.

"The driver wasn't known to be in the area," Michaniw said. "So we broke the glass to see if there was somebody in the car, but there wasn't."

He says the driver had walked away from the car and was located in the driveway of a home two houses down the road.

Michaniw says the driver stated his car stalled and when he went to start it again, that's when the engine compartment burst into flames.

There were no injuries reported on the scene.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.