FD blaze guts car, scorches side of house

A fire that started in a car destroyed it and damaged the exterior of a house in Fort Dodge Monday evening.

No one was injured in the fire at 1401 Seventh Ave. N.

The Volkswagen was parked under a carport at the front of the house when it caught fire at about 5 p.m. Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske said the car, the ceiling of the carport and one outside wall of the house were burning when firefighters arrived.

Dan Nelson said he was driving to his Fort Dodge home when he spotted the fire.

”I came around the corner and I seen the hood of the car was on fire,” he said. ”I called it in right away because there was no one around that would have noticed it in time.”

He said he knocked on a window on the side of the house until a woman came outside.

Firefighters used one hoseline to extinguish the flames, then pried boards and siding from the structure to make sure there were no hidden hot spots.

Teske said the owners of the car had experienced electrical problems, such as blown fuses, with it recently. He said the car had been driven within 15 minutes of catching fire.

The fire, he said, started in the dashboard and spread to both ends of the car.

He identified the property owners as Victoria and Kerry Coleman.

Fort Dodge police assisted firefighters at the scene. They were there for about one hour.