Fatal Car Fire

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

February 7, 2006

In the 4900 block of Seminole Trail a vehicle fire took the life of one person.

Rescue workers responded to a vehicle in an embankment just before 1 a.m. The car somehow turned on its to the right of the road and slid down a hill. By the time rescue workers the car was already on fire.

Police say four or five medical compressed oxygen tanks added to the fire and made it difficult to battle and claimed the life of the driver.

"The officers tried their best to free the person from the vehicle, but the fire became too hot, and they also noticed the oxygen tanks, and so they had to leave the vehicle for their own safety," said Cpl. Sean Hackney of the Albemarle County Police Department.

"There was one occupant in the vehicle who is unidentified at this time. Also in the course of the fire the vehicle was carrying some sort of compressed oxygen containers, which did explode," he continued.

Two officers had minor injuries, but were not transported to the hospital. The identity of the victim is unknown, but the car was registered to a local person.

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