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Vehicle Fires Suppressed During Park Event

Mesa Verde National Park

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On December 9th, the park hosted the grand finale of its year-long centennial celebration, with several thousand park visitors and guests attending the evening’s special events. Around 7 p.m., a park employee noticed smoke and flames emanating from the engine compartment of a Ford Taurus parked in the main visitor center parking lot. Responding park personnel found that the fire was deep-seated and that the two chemical extinguishers they used on it had little effect in suppressing the flames. The Far View Visitor Center parking area was nearly full to capacity at the time and there was heavy pedestrian traffic throughout the area. A Vizsla short-haired pointer trapped inside a vehicle directly threatened by the fire was released by rangers. When the park’s structural fire brigade arrived on scene, the Taurus was fully involved and the fire had moved to the engine compartment of an F-250 pickup truck. The fires in both vehicles were quickly extinguished and their spread checked. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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