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Man, 2 dogs escape Wednesday vehicle fire unscathed

Posted: August 9, 2012 - 12:51pm

A 35-year-old Douglas man and his two dogs escaped a vehicle fire on Glacier Highway late Wednesday night without injury, according to the fire department.

Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge said 15 firefighters responded to the vehicle fire at the Point Lena Loop Road intersection at 11 p.m. and found a Chevrolet van completely engulfed in flames.

The firefighters extinguished the fire with about half a tank of water, Etheridge said.

Etheridge said the man and his dogs were able to get out of the van in time. The man, whose name was not released, was given a medical assessment on scene. Both he and the dogs were fine, Etheridge said.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but Etheridge said the man reported hearing a noise, then smelling “something funny,” then seeing flames under the hood while he was still driving.

The vehicle was towed from the scene, and damage is estimated at $8,000, Etheridge said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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