COLUMBUS, Ind.—An Indiana man and his German Shepherd escaped a smoking vehicle before it caught fire on Interstate 65 Monday afternoon.
Firefighters with the Columbus Fire Department responded to the scene on the interstate’s exit ramp at State Road 46 near Columbus around 2:20 p.m. When they arrived, they noticed heavy flames coming from the rear of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee. While working to control the blaze, officials say a tire exploded, producing heavy smoke. Crews used 100 gallons of water to extinguish the large flames, and contained the fire in five minutes.
The vehicle’s owner told investigators he noticed an unusual vibration with his Jeep and saw smoke trailing from his vehicle. At that time, the man said he pulled over on the ramp and exited the vehicle with his dog and moved to a safe area before the Jeep caught fire.
Officials say the man was moving from Frankfort to Tennessee with all of his possessions in his vehicle. Crews were able to retrieve several salvageable items, but the Jeep was at a total loss.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.