Emergency crews responded to a car fire on the Carlisle Pike Thursday morning.

Jeb Boyd/For The Sentinel

MIDDLESEX TWP. — A mechanical failure caused a vehicle to erupt into flames in the parking lot of a Middlesex hotel Thursday.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which left the vehicle a total loss, officials said.

The incident began on Interstate 81, when the driver of a 2007 BMW, an unidentified woman from Chambersburg, began to experience electrical problems around 6:57 a.m.

Detective Gerald Steigleman of the Middlesex Township Police department reported that the driver experienced battery problems and was in the process of driving to a body shop when the emergency lights in the vehicle came on and she pulled into the parking lot of the Super 8 hotel, 1800 Harrisburg Pike.

Ed Beam, fire chief for Middlesex Township said the vehicle then erupted in flames.

“It was fully involved when we got there,” Beam said.

The woman was able to get out of the vehicle and call 911, however fire crews were unable to save the vehicle, which was a total loss, Steigleman said.

New Kingstown and North Middleton fire departments responded to the scene, officials said.

“It was a routine car fire that we couldn’t save,” Beam said.


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