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Car catches on fire on I-40 in Johnston

Posted July 20, 2008

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— A driver got out of his car just minutes before the 1984 Monte Carlo caught on fire along Interstate 40 East near Clayton on Sunday afternoon.

The Monte Carlo caught fire near exit 312 to N.C. Highway 42 around 12:45 p.m., driver Bill Macy said. Crews from the Cleveland Fire Department responded.

Firefighters said the car was fully engulfed by flames when they arrived, creating a scary scene. However, crews were able to quickly put out the fire.

Authorities closed all but one lane I-40 East in the area, temporarily backing up traffic.

Macy said the Monte Carlo was his pride and joy. He had recently finished restoring it to operating condition and installed new tires, Macy said.


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  • buzzcub Jul 21, 2008

    Because the fire department is not in the towing business!

    Since, it is not in the roadway, it's really the owner's responsibility to make arrangements with the towing company. Additionally, since it is a total loss from fire, I would expect that a call to a salvage/junk yard would be more appropriate.

  • JohnDeereGirl Jul 21, 2008

    I drove thought yesterday about 1:30. The traffic was backed up to the Clayton exit but when we got to the car no one was there, no fire crew, no one. Why didn't they take the car then? Everyone was stopping to look at it.

  • pinklady-1 Jul 21, 2008

    that is a scary thing...i had a car that caught fire and burned in my driveway...glad the driver made it out safely...