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Car catches fire outside Crumley Hall

Car catches fire outside Crumley Hall

Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Car catches fire outside Crumley Hall
January 27
17:38 2016

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer

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Scattered debris littered parking spaces outside of Crumley Hall after a car fire Wednesday.  

Owner Jessica Venz was on her way downstairs to move the vehicle when she received a call from police saying her car had caught fire.

“They actually called my parents first,” Venz said. “But what were they going to do? After that, they called me.”

The fire was potentially caused by a short in the vehicle’s alternator wires, which had recently been replaced by a third party mechanic. UNT freshman DeAndra Sieck was outside of the building when smoke started billowing up, attracting the attention of a passersby who phoned the police. Sieck said her boyfriend Roig Wilson, who works for Five Star Ford North Richland Hills, has experience with Ford engines.

“The entire engine compartment was combusted by the time [police] got here.” Sieck said. “It was on fire for about five minutes before I heard the sirens coming down the street.”

Officer Nicholas Brauchle stayed on the scene with Venz to make sure she was OK.

“So much for going to Whataburger later,” Venz said. “Maybe I’ll get a new car now. That would really be awesome.”

Featured Image: Firefighters examine the car after it caught fire outside of Crumley Hall on Wednesday. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

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