North Sea Fire Department extinguished a car fire that closed busy North Sea Road in the middle of the evening commute Thursday.
Chief Jeffrey Wilson said the department was called at 6 p.m. to North Sea Road, near the Marys Lane intersection, after a motorist who just left a repair shop reported that the engine caught fire. Firefighters responded with two pumper trucks.
“It was contained to under the hood,” Wilson said of the fire. “It burned the hood up and the motor.”
Firefighters bounced a stream of water off the pavement so it would spray under the engine to suppress the fire, then opened the hood with a Halligan bar and cut it off with the Jaws of Life. Once the hood was off, the fire was completely extinguished.
The road was reopened after a half hour.