Park City firefighters douse vehicle fire during rush hour |

Park City firefighters douse vehicle fire during rush hour

A firefighter douses the engine compartment of a Toyota 4Runner in Prospector on Thursday after the vehicle caught fire during the evening rush hour. The emergency response forced the closure of a stretch of Prospector Avenue, requiring drivers to turn around.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

A sport utility vehicle caught fire in Park City on Thursday during the evening rush hour, creating a traffic headache on an important street in Prospector.

The Toyota 4Runner was at the exit of a parking lot on Prospector Avenue east of the intersection with Bonanza Drive when the fire started. The Park City Police Department said the fire was not suspicious. Nobody was injured, the police said. The authorities received the report at 4:59 p.m., as commuter traffic began to steadily increase.

The sport utility vehicle’s hood was up and badly bent as a firefighter doused the engine compartment. The hood appeared to have been charred in some spots.

The Police Department closed a stretch of Prospector Avenue to traffic while firefighters responded. Commuters who work in the Prospector commercial district as well as people who live in the Prospector neighborhood heavily use the section of Prospector Avenue that was temporarily closed.

Vehicles were seen pulling into nearby driveways or making three-point turns on Prospector Avenue to avoid the road closure.

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