A car was found on fire approximately 100 feet from N.M. 502 near the White Rock Y underpass. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
At approximately 2:50 p.m. today, Los Alamos Fire Department personnel responded to a vehicle fire near the White Rock Y close to the westbound-to-White Rock underpass. Video from the scene exclusive to the Los alamos Daily Post may be viewed below.
The dramatic rescue of the sole occupant, a 62-year-old man in the car, occurred prior to the car engine compartment bursting into flames, according to radio reports from the scene.
The man was later reported to be using an oxygen generator, which does not use oxygen canisters. Firefighters were initially concerned that oxygen canisters might become ignited in the fire.
The man refused transport to Los Alamos Medical Center. The fire was contained to the vehicle. A Hazmat team from Los Alamos National Laboratory cleared the scene.
An investigation is underway as the position of the car is unusual in that there were no clear skid marks and no visible crash damage to surrounding terrain. The vehicle was found burning about 100 feet from the road.
Fire crews were able to keep the blaze confined to the vehicle. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
N.M. 502 to White Rock was blocked by fire crews for about an hour today. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
Fire investigators check out something found near the scene of the today's vehicle fire near the White Rock Y. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com