This story was reported by Mike Blaney and written by Jeff Stein.

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Ithaca, N.Y. — Emergency responders put out a car fire in downtown Ithaca Thursday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Ithaca Fire Department worked to extinguish the car blaze, which occurred in the parking lot of the Elmira Savings Bank at 301 East State Street.

Smoke billowed into the sky as flames emerged from the bottom of the vehicle. It was about 30 minutes before the car fire was put out.

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Sam Halton, the driver of the car, looked on as emergency crews worked to save his Jetta.

He recounted that coolant began leaking from his vehicle as he drove west on East State Street. Halton pointed to a trail of coolant from the bank’s parking lot to where crews worked to put out the fire.

“I didn’t think it would be an issue,” he said.

Halton said he pulled over the car when he smelled anti-freeze, parked it and got out. The fire began shortly after that.

Emergency responders were cleared of the scene by around 4:10 p.m.

Here are some more photos Blaney took of the blaze:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.