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New SUV burns in Summit Hill

  • A newly purchased SUV sits in the rear driveway of a Summit Hill home after catching fire yesterday. An adjacent garage and car were also damaged from high temperatures.
    A newly purchased SUV sits in the rear driveway of a Summit Hill home after catching fire yesterday. An adjacent garage and car were also damaged from high temperatures.
Published August 10. 2013 09:02AM

Firefighters and police were called to the rear of 109 East Amidon Street in Summit Hill around 10 a.m. Friday after the owner of a newly purchased SUV called 911 to report his new vehicle was on fire.

"The vehicle was fully engulfed when we arrived," said Summit Hill Police Chief Joe Fittos Jr.

Fittos said the owner, Denzil Turley of Albrightsville, who had just purchased the 2014 Kia Sorento from an area dealer the day before, noticed smoke coming from the hood of the car as he pulled into the rear driveway of his daughter's home at 109 East Amidon Street. Within a short time, the SUV (sport utility vehicle) became fully involved.

Turley told Fittos he had contacted the dealer the day before about a burning smell coming from the vehicle. Fittos said that the dealer replied to Turley saying the smell was "normal new car burnoff."

Fittos added that the high temperatures from the blaze also damaged a nearby Oldsmobile sedan, as well as melted siding on a nearby garage located at 107 East Amidon Street. "Firefighters did a great job preventing the fire from spreading to the neighbor's garage," said Fittos.

Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben stated his department's appreciation to a number of area neighbors that provided assistance to firefighters during the call.

Responding were firefighters from Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale and area ambulance crews.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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