November 22, 2017

Vehicle fire forces temporary closure of NB I-75

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HORTON TWP. — Ogemaw County emergency crews responded to a fully engulfed vehicle fire on northbound I-75 near the 209 mile marker Nov. 5 that forced a temporary closure of the expressway while the vehicle was extinguished.

According to the Michigan State Police incident report, a 29-year-old man from Eastpointe and his 28-year-old male passenger from Shelby Township were heading northbound in a 2005 Dodge Dakota when the fire started at approximately 10:10 p.m. The driver pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and both parties exited the vehicle, avoiding injury before it became engulfed in flames.

The Ogemaw Fire Department responded to the fire along with the MSP. Ogemaw Fire Chief Brent Banning said by the time his department arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed and was a total loss. The department experienced delays responding to the scene because it had to travel southbound to the Arenac County line before turning north because of the ongoing road construction.

The northbound lanes were fully closed for about 30 minutes while the fire department worked to extinguish the fire.

D & N Towing of Alger responded to haul the vehicle away.

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