Car fire in East Providence spreads to gas station

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Authorities are investigating after a car caught on fire Sunday in East Providence.

According to Battalion Chief David Rave of the city’s fire department, the car was fully engulfed when crews responded to the call.

Rave said the car was just feet away from the Exxon gas station on Taunton Avenue and after firefighters arrived, the car exploded.

Officials said the gas station caught on fire but no injuries were reported. The fire was far enough away that there was no immediate concern for the gas pumps, Rave said.

“It’s always in your mind when you’re at a fire at a gas station, but it was a good distance away, the building really was the major threat,” he told Eyewitness News.

Rave said the car was overheating and the driver only noticed it was on fire after pulling into the gas station for assistance.

Officials say the car is a total loss, and the gas station was pretty significantly damaged.

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