GENESEO – A Pontiac Fiero driven by a single occupant suddenly burst into flames early Wednesday morning headed towards Geneseo on Rte. 63 (Geneseo Mount Morris Road), and though the driver escaped unharmed, the car was destroyed.
At 12:15 a.m., the 911 call was made that a car was on fire in the right lane headed towards Geneseo. Firefighters with the Geneseo Fire Department responded to the scene, and the fire was put out and the road was clear within 45 minutes.
Geneseo firefighters quickly leveled a hose from a pumper truck on the flames pouring from the rear of the car, and chopped away the rear hood to thoroughly spray the engine, resulting in a silvery spray from the bottom of the vehicle which first responders on scene said was from magnesium elements of the car’s engine area.
No cause has yet been cited for the fire, but according to AteUpwithMotor.com, the Pontiac Fiero was made from 1984 to 1988, and suffered from engine problems including a high incidence of engine fires while driving.
“Alas, it became one of GM’s great disasters: overweight and underpowered, tarnished by alarming reports of reliability problems and engine fires,” says AteUpMotor.com.
Geneseo firefighters were assisted on scene by a Geneseo Ambulance crew as well as a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)
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