Car nearly hits MLT house, catches fire Wednesday night

A car went off the road, almost hitting a house, and caught on fire June 30. (Photos courtesy South County Fire)

Updated July 2 with statement from Mountlake Terrace Police Chief

A car left the road and stopped just short of hitting a house near the Capri Apartments in the 21400 block of 52nd Avenue West shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30.

Firefighters from South County Fire reported flames were coming from the vehicle’s engine compartment when they arrived on the scene. “Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading to the house,” said South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes. No injuries were reported.

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Pete Caw said it was not known why the vehicle caught fire, but the driver, “safely exited the vehicle prior to the fire becoming out of control,” and there was, “nothing noted as suspicious in that regard. This just appears to be a product (of) driver error.”

The flames were quickly extinguished and did not spread to the house.

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