Flames consume vehicle on Highway 36

The Roseville Fire Department extinguishes the fully involved SUV fire on Highway 36. (Photo courtesy of Roseville Fire Department)

No injuries result from Black Friday blaze 

Holiday shoppers traveling between the Rosedale Center and the Maplewood Mall on the morning of Black Friday may have been startled to see an SUV fully engulfed in flames on the shoulder of Highway 36.

According to the fire report, shortly after 9 a.m. Nov. 25, the female driver, who is a Maplewood resident, was heading west on Highway 36 when the check engine light came on in her 2008 GMC Acadia. 

The vehicle reportedly began making a loud shuddering noise followed by a loud popping sound before the car started burning. The woman pulled over just after passing under the Rice Street overpass.

The fire report indicates the flames may have been caused by electrical failure.

According to the Roseville Fire Department, firefighters' initial information indicated that someone may still be inside the vehicle, but that was not the case. When they arrived, the vehicle owner was reportedly waiting beside the Minnesota State Patrol vehicle that was already on scene. No one was injured.

Flaming gasoline was running into the ditch and magnesium metal was burning in the vehicle's engine compartment, which made the fire challenging to extinguish, fire officials said.

Kyle Rosenquist said he was driving on the eastbound side of the divided highway and noted his surprise at being able to feel the heat from the blaze as he drove past with his window rolled down. He shot a video of the vehicle fire as he passed by. To watch it, go to https://youtu.be/gRiNs3a0f0o or view below. 

In only about 45 minutes, the flames of the fully involved SUV were knocked down, and the unsalvageable remains of the car were towed away.



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