Firefighters cut open car hood to battle blaze

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
Fort Dodge firefighter Randy Schilling, left, prepares to use the hose as firefighter Andy Hull uses a saw to cut open the hood of a burning car Monday afternoon at 1436 Fourth Ave. N. Firefighter Chuck DeBaun said the car’s owner went to start it after it had been idle for about four days. When she tried to start it, she heard a pop and the car caught fire. DeBaun said the fire was extinguished quickly, but the car is a total loss. He said the fire was contained to the car and did not spread to a second car or the home. The Fort Dodge Police Department also responded to the scene.