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Ronan firefighters respond to vehicle fire at store

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RONAN – Giles Gordon didn’t expect his day to get smoking hot on Monday, June 3. He was simply going to the grocery store and ended up visiting with firefighters and a police officer in the grocery store parking lot.

During the noon hour, he got into his 2000 Ford Explorer and drove north, about five miles, into town. He didn’t expect to have any car problems. His vehicle had just been serviced at a mechanic shop a few weeks earlier. He parked towards the center of the Ronan Harvest Foods store parking lot and went in. He wasn’t in the store for more than five minutes when someone said that a vehicle was on fire.    

“I came out and saw smoke coming from the engine,” he said. “I didn’t see any flames, just smoke.” 

A Ronan Volunteer Fire Department crew responded to the scene along with an officer with the Ronan Police Department. An ambulance team was also on scene. With the hood up, firefighters doused the engine with water. Gordon said he was “okay” but his vehicle was a complete loss. He was thankful the firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire.    


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