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GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Fire Department was called out to a vehicle fire at Glen Park Manor, 745 First Street in Glenwood City, around 10:48 a.m. Friday, October 26.
Apparently, two individuals were attempting to jump start a disabled car when the other vehicle caught fire.
It appeared that the SUV, owned by Johnathon Feller, address unknown, had parked over a large pile of leaves while trying to jump the other vehicle. The running SUV caused the leaves under it to heat up and catch on fire.
Feller and an unidentified woman, whose disabled car the pair was trying to start, attempted to extinguish the fire with a pair of fire suppressant containers which quickly emptied before the fire could be put out.
A St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputy was the first emergency personnel to arrive on scene and attempted to use his fire extinguisher to knock down the flame but his efforts were also unsuccessful.
Attempts to push the disabled car back from the burning SUV were also unsuccessful as the car’s transmission was unable to be placed in neutral with a dead battery.
When Glenwood City firefighters arrived on scene a short time later, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the SUV. The vehicle’s gas tank had been compromised and was leaking gasoline which fueled the fire and made it difficult for firefighters to extinquish the fire.
The Glenwood City Fire Department was on scene for over two hours battling the blaze.
The SUV was a total loss and the car sustained some damage.
Although the burning SUV was within a few feet of Glen Park Manor, the building was not damaged.
The Glenwood City Ambulance along with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office assisted.