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Car Fire Burns Five Acres South of Kennewick

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.--  A car catches fire and flames quickly spread to the grass and brush on the side of Interstate 82 just south of Kennewick Friday afternoon.  

Drivers passing by the burning Chevrolet Lumina said they could barely recognize the car.

One westbound lane ofI-82 was closed for about an hour from noon to one, causing minor delays.  

Washington State Patrol says the driver and two passengers got out of the car safely, but the fire quickly spread from to the brush next to the car.  Bob Gear, Chief of Benton County Fire District #1 says, "It's pretty tough if your car is on fire and there's that much heat for the average citizen to be able to stop it from spreading to the dry grass.   It happens frequently in the summer and there's not much we can do about it."

Chief Gear said the fire would have burned more land if a local farm agency hadn't put in a fire break to stop it from spreading.   The reason the car went up in flames is currently under investigation.