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A Few Tense Moments In Sioux Center When Driver Couldn’t Exit Car That Was On Fire

Sioux Center, Iowa — There were a few tense moments for a driver in Sioux Center on Monday, September 25, 2023 when the electronics on her door started on fire and she couldn’t get out.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, at about 4:00 p.m., the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle fire on North Main Avenue (Highway 75).

The chief says the fire department saw a bunch of smoke coming from the vehicle as they approached the scene. He says they used a water extinguisher to fight the fire.

Van Holland says no injuries were reported, but at first, the driver was not able to exit the vehicle as the doors were locked when the fire started and she was unable to unlock the door to escape. Van Holland says she was able to crawl over the center console and exit from the passenger side before the fire could cause any injury.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be electrical in nature, but he’s not sure what started it beyond that.

Chief Van Holland reports that there was minimal damage to the older vehicle. In fact, the driver was able to drive it away after the incident.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 15 minutes.