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Erie County sergeant takes on car fire

Sandusky Register Staff • Apr 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

An Erie County Sheriff official assumed the role of firefighter Monday morning when he extinguished flames engulfing a Ford Taurus.

Sgt. Steven Hammersmith pulled up to the Mason Jar parking lot, located within the 4400 block of W. Mason Road, and noticed a fire swallowing up a car. He immediately retrieved a fire extinguisher and began putting out the flames.

A fire extinguisher is included in each sheriff cruiser. The car continued to burn until Groton firefighters arrived on scene to fully tame the flames. Afterward, Hammersmith talked to the car owner, who said his car began to overheat as he was headed home.

The man pulled off the road and into the Mason Jar parking lot, at which time the vehicle became fully engulfed. Nobody sustained any injuries.

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