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WFD responds to pair of car fires over weekend

A car fire Saturday morning on Clary Street in Worthington could have turned into something much worse had it not been for quick-thinking firefighters and some newly fallen snow.

Worthington Fire Chief Pat Shorter explained Monday morning that he and Worthington police officer Tyler Olson both responded to a car fire at 8:23 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Clary Street. Shorter said he was first at the scene and came upon a van that was fully engulfed. He proceeded to discharge an extinguisher into the fire, but it didn’t phase.

With the car fire blazing very close to a home, Shorter said shovels were quickly located and snow shoveled into the vehicle, as the fire was also in close proximity to its fuel tank. The fire was further subdued when a truck with WFD firefighter Ryan Loomans arrived at the scene, and Shorter credited Loomans with doing a tremendous job in placing people where they needed to be.

No one was injured in the fire, and there was no damage to the nearby home. Shorter said another car fire was reported Sunday on 13th Street in Worthington, and that one was fully extinguished with snow.

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