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Fairfield Fire Crews Tackle Burning Van During Rush-Hour On Merritt

Fire crews tackled a burning engine in a cargo van during Monday morning rush hour on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.
Fire crews tackled a burning engine in a cargo van during Monday morning rush hour on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department screenshot via Facebook
Fire crews douse the inside of a burning cargo van during the Monday morning rush hour on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.
Fire crews douse the inside of a burning cargo van during the Monday morning rush hour on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department screenshot via Facebook

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Fairfield Fire Department quickly extinguished a burning van on the southbound Merritt Parkway during the Monday morning rush hour.

Fire crews responded to the scene of the burning white cargo van, which was just north of the Burr Street overpass, according to a Facebook post.

The right lane was closed, with traffic inching by in the left lane, as firefighters doused the flames, first with a dry chemical extinguisher and then with a hose line.

Related story: Car Fire Cleared From Merritt

Use of the fire extinguisher slowed down the spread of the fuel-fed fire in the engine, buying time for the hose line to get in place, firefighters said.

Crews from Engine 5 and Ladder 2 then quickly put out the van fire with a hose line.

Firefighters from the Westport Fire Department provided backup.

No injuries were reported. Two people were already safely out of vehicle when firefighters arrived at the scene.

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