FARGO – A mechanical problem caused an engine fire and heavy damage to a car Sunday night, but no one was injured in the incident.

Fargo Fire Department Capt. Mike Hendrickson said a father and son started driving a 1998 Chrysler Sebring in the parking lot of an apartment building at 3035 23rd St. S. and noticed smoke coming out from under the hood seconds later.

They got out of the car and called 911 around 7:15 p.m., reporting the car that they left in the middle of the apartment parking lot had started on fire.

A fire engine was dispatched, and Hendrickson said flames that were confined to the engine compartment were knocked down about 10 minutes later. The vehicle was towed away about an hour after the fire broke out.

No one was injured and the apartment and garages weren’t damaged, he said. The car’s engine compartment was heavily damaged from the fire.

Hendrickson said he didn’t know the cause of the car fire, though it appeared to be mechanical.

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