Automobile catches on fire near Governor's Mansion

Calhoun Avenue apartments evacuated

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2001

No one was hurt in a vehicle fire that broke out early this morning near the Governor's Mansion, said city fire officials.

Capt. Pete Hettinger of Capital City Fire and Rescue said that at 5:23 a.m. nine firefighters, one ambulance and one engine responded to a call that a vehicle parked at an apartment complex at 826 Calhoun Ave. was on fire.

The car was parked in a lot behind the apartment complex that runs from Calhoun Avenue to Indian Street near the Governor's Mansion, firefighters said. The car was parked on the Indian Street side of the building.

Hettinger said when firefighters arrived the engine of a Chevy Cavalier was engulfed in flames and the siding of the nearby building also was on fire. Although the car was parked 6 feet away from the building, the blaze was so hot it set the siding on fire, he said.

"When we got there JPD was already waking people that needed to be evacuated from the building," he said. "We saw a large window near the vehicle broken out and smoke coming from the room and there were flames on the siding."

Hettinger said there was no one in the car, and residents in the apartments nearest the burning siding were evacuated and unharmed. Residents were allowed back into their apartments by 6 a.m., once the fires had been extinguished.

Hettinger said the cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is pending.

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