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Passing volunteer firefighter assists in extinguishing car fire on I-94

Traffic on Interstate 94 is currently down to one lane and backed up between exits 70 and 72 after a woman had to evacuate herself and her 8-month-old daughter from a Chevrolet Blazer that caught on fire. (WWMT/Ray Hole)

Traffic on westbound Interstate 94 is currently down to one lane and backed up between exits 70 and 72 after a woman had to evacuate herself and her 8-month-old daughter from a Chevrolet Blazer that caught on fire.

Carolyn Smurr had just picked up her vehicle from a mechanic after replacing a ball joint. As she was driving down the expressway, she noticed smoke filling the cabin.

"I thought it was a tire, I thought it was overheating. We just got the car fixed," Smurr said. "I pulled over and it just kept smoking. Smoke was coming in and I had my 8-month-old daughter in the back. So I opened all the windows because I wanted it to ventilate."

Smurr said she then pulled the vehicle over and saw a small fire underneath the engine. That's when a local Benton Township citizen driving a semi-truck pulled over, who happened to be a firefighter.

"He got right out there and he was jumping in and grabbing papers out of the car while it was blazing on fire," Smurr said. "They're really brave for doing that. I was freaking out and scared."

The fire department arrived shortly afterwards, extinguishing the remaining fire. Smurr said the volunteer firefighter jumped in with the responding engine, pulling the hose out and assisting in extinguishing the flames.

"Thank God for the good people in this world," Smurr said.

Nobody was injured in the accident, but Smurr's vehicle is being considered as a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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