Winter Weather New Jersey

Firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire Thursday during a snowstorm in Atlantic City. The family of four in the vehicle were not hurt.

ATLANTIC CITY — A family of four escaped uninjured after their car caught fire Thursday on New Jersey Avenue.

The family was on their way home from a grocery store about 3 p.m. when their car got stuck, Fire Chief Scott Evans said. They had followed a plow truck when they left, but the strong wind created a 2-foot snowdrift on the road by the time they went back down the street.

“He realized as he was trying to get himself out of being stuck that there were flames coming from underneath his vehicle,” Evans said.

Luckily, the family lived close enough for the wife and children of the driver to seek shelter while he called for help.

“I think a hole in the muffler contributed to the fire starting,” he said. “I would say it did significant damage to the vehicle.”

Evans said vehicles stuck on the road during the storm caused problems for medical, fire and police vehicles responding to emergencies.

“Stay off the roads,” Evans said. “We’ve had several responses delayed today because of vehicles blocking the roadway due to being stuck in snow.”

The Atlantic City Fire and Police departments responded.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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