Car bursts into flames in Cedar Lake
By Kitty Conley email@example.com May 21, 2013 10:30AM
Updated: July 27, 2013 3:00AM
CEDAR LAKE — On a quiet and beautiful Wednesday afternoon Brian Kubal looked out the doors of his Holiday Liquor store to see a car go up in flames.
This was between 2 and 2:30 p.m. May 8.
Kubal said, “It started out small and kept getting bigger and bigger.”
Firefighers put it out quickly after their arrival.
Kubal said, “I think they (the firemen) hit it with something different. It looked like a chemical spray. Then when it was out they hit it with water, it looked like to cool it off.”
The car was a Ford Taurus, according to Kubal. “It was an electrical fire, you could smell it,” he said.
A policeman tried to put it out with an extinguisher. It went down and then flared up bigger than before. The extinguisher didn’t stop it.
“Then the tires all popped,” Kubal said. “It was smelling-up the place for awhile.”
The car was between the hardware store and the condominiumss on Lake Shore Drive where it meets Morris Street at the end of 133rd Avenue. Holiday Liquors is on 133rd Avenue on the Morris side of the street.
Acting Police Chief Jerry Smith said that the car was a 2006 Ford Taurus owned by Julianne Wise of Lowell.
Kubal said he saw three people get out of the car. He added, “You could see something dripping from under the car.”
“It is something you don’t see every day,” he said.
Traffic was tied up for around an hour, and people were being rerouted through the liquor store parking lot to travel onto both Morris Street and 133rd Avenue.
Kubal said he believes the town needs firefighting capability on the east side of the lake. He said that a lot of the volunteers live on the east side of the lake. When a call comes for volunteers, they have to drive over to the west side of the lake to the fire station to get on the truck and come back to the east side of the lake.
“We need something here. It could be a pole barn” with a tanker stationed in it, Kubal said. “It might save somebody’s life.”
“But, I guess it is all about the money,” Kubal said.