Herculaneum Fire put out car fire

A driver pulled off I-55 at Herculaneum after the car he was driving caught fire.

The Herculaneum Fire Department quickly doused a car fire Thursday afternoon (June 17), but the vehicle was destroyed, Chief Kevin Baker said.

He said no one was injured.

The department got a call at 3:23 p.m. about the fire, after the driver, who had been traveling south on I-55, pulled off at the Herculaneum exit, Baker said.

He said the driver was a man but had no other information about him.

“It was an older model Oldsmobile,” Baker said. “There was fire in the engine compartment and in the passenger area.

“He (the driver) said he had seen some smoke coming out from the engine and pulled off the highway at the Herculaneum exit. He noticed flames coming out of the engine compartment, pulled over and got out of the car. We had it under control about eight minutes from the time of notification.”

Baker described the vehicle as “a total loss.”

He said the Dunklin Fire Protection District helped with the call.