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Fire destroys car outside gas station in Eau Claire

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Photo taken from News 18's Tower Cam
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Photo taken from News 18's Tower Cam

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - A vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of the Holiday Gas Station off Highway 93 in Eau Claire Thursday late afternoon.

The three occupants of the vehicle told News 18 they heard a noise as they drove on Interstate 94 and took the nearest exit to see what the noise was. After parking, they exited the vehicle as it went up in flames. All three told News 18 they were uninjured.

Firefighters received a call around 5:30 p.m. for a fully engulfed vehicle fire with exposure to the building, and potentially the fuel pumps. Eau Claire Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Abrahamson said they were able to smother the fire with foam quickly, preventing the fire from spreading.

"They did the exact thing that I think the state troopers would appreciate," Abrahamson said. "They noticed that the vehicle wasn't operating properly, they decided the pull over, get off the interstate, pulled over into an area of the parking lot where it's not congested or crowded, evacuated the vehicle and called 911."

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