Tilton Road car fire in Northfield (UPDATED)

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Sue Marino/The Northfield Fire Department worked to extinguish a car fire at the home of Darlene Nesbit in the 1800 block of Tilton Road Sue Marino/The Northfield Fire Department worked to extinguish a car fire at the home of Darlene Nesbit in the 1800 block of Tilton Road

NORTHFIELD – Portions of Tilton Road are blocked off this afternoon (Friday, Jan. 24) as the Northfield Fire Department works to extinguish a car fire outside a home located in the 1800 block.

 The roadway is closed from the bike path to Shore Road until the scene is cleared.

Northfield Police Officer William Geiger said once the road is open to motorists, they should stay alert for icy conditions from the water used to fight the fire.

 Officials on the scene said the car caught on fire while it was warming up in the driveway of resident Darleen Nesbit.

Nesbit said she decided to just start her car as it had not been running for some time. She got in and once it was running she noticed some flames beneath the dashboard on the passenger side. Nesbit said she tried to get the fire out by dousing it with snow but it was not enough and quickly the whole car, a 1994 Ford Escort went up in flames. The car appears to be a total loss.

Deputy Fire Chief Lauren Crooks said while the investigation into the car fire is continuing, it appears to be accidental. The Ford Escort is a total loss, the car parked next to it may have suffered some minor damage from the heat. There was some minor damage to the frame siding of the home from the flames.

A road crew from Atlantic County came in once the fire equipment was done and put down salt to take care of the icing along the roadway. At 4:30 p.m. Crooks said Tilton Road was clear with no traffic probems.


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