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Car consumed by fire on Highway 10 near Dilworth

DILWORTH - No one was hurt Tuesday afternoon when flames destroyed a car and started a grass fire along westbound U.S. Highway 10. About 1:20 p.m., the Dilworth Fire Department was called to the eastern edge of the city to extinguish the burning ...

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Firefighters work to extinguish a car fire east of Dilworth, Minn. on Highway 10 Tuesday, April 7, 2015. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Carrie Snyder
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DILWORTH - No one was hurt Tuesday afternoon when flames destroyed a car and started a grass fire along westbound U.S. Highway 10.

About 1:20 p.m., the Dilworth Fire Department was called to the eastern edge of the city to extinguish the burning car, a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, Fire Chief Mark Empting said.

Empting said the woman driving the car noticed it was smoking and stopped on the side of the highway. Another motorist then told the woman, the only person in the car, she needed to get out of the vehicle.

The woman escaped without injury before flames engulfed the car, which she had just purchased Tuesday, the chief said.

The car fire ignited dry grass along the road, but firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames, Empting said.

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The blaze started in the car's engine compartment. Its cause is unknown, Empting said.

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