Vehicle fire briefly stalls Glenn traffic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 04:37
A pick-up truck caught fire at around noon on Monday, Aug. 20, on the Glenn Highway near the North Birchwood exit. No one was injured. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department put out the fire.

Anchorage Police said a Ford F-150 pick-up truck caught fire just after noon on Monday, Aug. 20 on the northbound Glenn Highway near the North Birchwood exit, briefly causing traffic to back up in that direction.

Officers on the scene said the driver reported a burning smell coming from the truck's dashboard as she was driving. She pulled over to the side of the road and exited the truck as it began to smoke. KTUU-TV reported the woman was also able to safely get four children out of the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after to extinguish the blaze.

By 12:45 p.m. traffic was moving normally in both directions.

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