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Vehicle fire leads to fuel spill
April 19, 2014, 05:00 AM

A 1984 Volkswagen van fully engulfed in flames at the intersection of Casa Bona and Newlands avenues in Belmont Friday.

Approximately 12 gallons of fuel ran into the storm drain after a vehicle fire in the intersection of Casa Bona and Newlands avenues in Belmont Friday morning, according to police.

At approximately 9:05 a.m., Belmont firefighters and police officers responded to a report of a vehicle on fire and found a 1984 Volkswagen van fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before the contents of the fuel tank, approximately 12 gallons of gasoline, ran down the street and into a storm sewer at the corner of Casa Bona and Semeria avenues, according to police. 

Due to the potential hazard, traffic in the area was diverted and additional fire apparatus from the San Mateo Fire Department responded to assist Belmont firefighters. Belmont Public Works and San Mateo County Environmental Health also responded to deal with the spill.

The driver, a 58-year-old Belmont woman, told investigators she was driving on Casa Bona Avenue when the van began to run rough. A short time later, she saw smoke and realized the van was on fire. At this time it appears the fire started in the engine compartment and appears accidental. The van was towed from the scene, according to police.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., the area was declared safe and the traffic restrictions were lifted. There were no injuries, according to police.



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