Another vehicle fire on I-80 in Cass County


December 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

For the second day in a row, firefighters from Cass County are responding to a vehicle fire on eastbound Interstate 80. Fire coming from the engine compartment of a pickup truck was reported at around 10:30-a.m.  As Atlantic and Marne Fire were responding to the scene at the 51-mile marker (near the Marne exit), the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Atlantic Fire Fighter Gene Schmeling told KJAN News the flames totally engulfed the cab of the Dodge crew cab-style pickup, which was a total loss. There were no injuries reported. Firefighters were on the scene for about one-half hour.

Yesterday, a Subaru station wagon caught fire as it was headed eastbound on I-80, near the Wiota exit. The driver of the vehicle, a woman from Nevada, suffered burns to her hands while trying to rescue five animals that were traveling with her. Three of the animals, two cats and a bird, died. The vehicle was a total loss.