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Bryan County firefighters called to car fire Thursday on I-16
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Bryan County firefighters hose down a car that caught fire on I-16 on Thursday. - photo by Bryan County EMS

511 had call 911 in Bryan County on Thursday.

Bryan County Emergency Services were called out to I-16 on Thursday to help put out a car fire by CHAMPS, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s new emergency roadside assistance service motorists can get by dialing 511.

Bryan County EMS Chief Freddy Howell said the car’s engine and passenger compartment was on fire when his firefighters arrived, and it “was extinguished in a timely manner. All personnel were out of the vehicle, nobody was injured.”

Howell said the DOT responded to the call from the driver of a silver BMW that lost power on the interstate. “After being on the road awhile, the driver noticed smoke coming from under the hood. DOT assisted opening the hood to see if was it was a fire or overheating …” but before they could get the hood all the way up the “engine compartment was fully involved.”

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