Police Vehicle Destroyed By Fire At Freeman Park Sunday

Police Vehicle Destroyed By Fire At Freeman Park Sunday (Photo: Janna Harris via Facebook)

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:26

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CAROLINA BEACH - A Carolina Beach Police vehicle caught fire early Sunday afternoon May 26th at Freeman Park on the North End of Pleasure Island. The officer was not injured.

According to Carolina Beach Police Detective Sergeant Scott Hettinger,  Sgt. D. Gentzler was on duty at Freeman Park driving the Dodge Ram 1500 pick up truck.

Hettinger said, "The cause, that will be determined by the fire investigator."

Freeman Park was closed to traffic entering and leaving the park for a period of time on Sunday as fire crews worked to extinguish the flames.

Vehicle fires are not uncommon on days where temperatures rise to 100 degrees and the sand is dry and soft due to lack of rain.

Both of those conditions existed on Sunday afternoon as the heat index reached as high as 107.2.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, coastal sections from North Carolina to Georgia have had precipitation deficits mounting for the last 4 months. New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Region are listed as "Abnormally Dry" drought conditions.

The National Weather Service reports the Wilmington, NC area has received 0.29 inches of rain in May.

While the cause of the vehicle fire on Sunday has not yet been determined by investigators, one common cause of vehicle fires is when a transmission overheats and the transmission fluid ignites in the engine compartment.


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