The Pottsville Fire Department worked to extinguish a vehicle fire after being dispatched to the area of the 500 block

of State Highway 247.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire off of Highway 247 in Pottsville Fire Department’s district. The caller advised dispatch that a GMC Yukon was on fire in the area behind Georgia Carpet Mills.

After requesting the response of the Pottsville Fire Department, firefighters confirmed they had received the message and responded to their station. While firefighters were en route, dispatch advised firefighters to use the driveway to Georgia Carpet Mills and to follow the dirt road behind the business to access the vehicle. They were also advised that the fire had started to spread to the grass around the vehicle and the caller stated “they should be able to see the smoke.”

As firefighters continued to respond to the location, the fire continued to consume the SUV and heavy black smoke could be seen for miles from the blaze.

A short time later, firefighters arrived on scene and found the SUV fully involved. At that time, dispatch advised they were requesting the response of the Pope County Sheriff’s Office to take a report concerning the incident.

Firefighters fought the fire for about 15 minutes and it was determined to be under control. After ensuring that the vehicle and the grass had been extinguished, firefighters began to pack up hoses and equipment.

At 5:57 p.m. Thursday afternoon, command on scene was terminated and firefighters returned to their station available for service.

No injuries were sustained in the incident and at the time of this story, the cause of the fire is unknown.