12-12-2002, 10:21 AM #1
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SUV leaves 40 mile trail of fire in Wisconsin
S-U-V blamed in string of grass fires in Wisconsin
AP -- A single Ford Expedition S-U-V is blamed in a string of grass fires that kept fire crews busy along a 40 mile swath of highway in Wisconsin.
Pieces of hot metal and flaming ceramic from a broken catalytic converter spewed out of the tailpipe yesterday, sparking roadside fires as it went along. More than 80 firefighters from 13 departments had to put out grass fires along state Highway 60 out of Cedarburg.
The vehicle itself eventually burst into flames as the 73-year-old driver ran for safety.
He works for an auto auction company and had picked up the vehicle at a Cedarburg bank. He says he had no idea it was belching flames.
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