Classic car catches fire on Hwy. 101 in Atascadero

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJuly 11, 2013 

A 1957 Ford Fairlane burst into flames Thursday afternoon along southbound Highway 101 in Atascadero.

The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner caught fire near the Santa Rosa Road exit just after 3 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was reportedly traveling from Pleasanton to a car club meeting at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.

A Cal Fire firefighter — who was passing by in a truck equipped with only hand tools and a fire extinguisher — initially tried to put out the fire; the Atascadero Fire Department arrived moments later to finish the job.

No one was hurt in the fire, and a tow truck was called 20 minutes after the incident was reported, the CHP said. The cause of the fire was unknown Thursday afternoon.

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