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Melted gas tank fuels car fire

GREENFIELD — A Colrain couple’s car was a total loss after it mysteriously caught fire while they were driving Wednesday morning.

“According to the owner, he was driving south on Colrain Road when the car died,” said Capt. John Whitney of the Greenfield Fire Department. The driver was able to re-start the car, and began driving again, when his wife noticed smoke in the back of the vehicle, said Whitney.

Thomas Sagan pulled over immediately, and he and his wife Piper Sagan got out before the 2004 Volvo Sedan’s gas tank melted, spilling its fuel, and the car went up in flames.

“The fire was underneath the trunk of the car. We don’t know what caused it,” said Whitney.

By the time firefighters arrived at the intersection of Colrain and Nashs Mill roads at 8:27 a.m., the fuel tank had melted through, its contents fueling the blaze, spewing heavy black smoke firefighters noticed en route.

“The car was a total loss,” though nobody was injured or structures threatened, said Whitney. His crew shut down the road, put out the fire and cleared the scene within 28 minutes.

Throughout the ordeal, said Whitney, the couple remained relatively calm.

“They were more disappointed in the loss of their car than anything else,” he said.

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