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Car fire ties up traffic on southbound State Route 51 in central Phoenix

Oct 19, 2023, 9:36 AM | Updated: 3:24 pm

PHOENIX — A car fire tied up traffic on southbound State Route 51 in central Phoenix on Thursday morning.

Vehicles were forced to exit SR 51 at Bethany Home Road while crews worked to put out the fire, which started around 9 a.m. Traffic started flowing through the area again around 9:40 a.m.

By the time the highway reopened, southbound traffic was backed up to Northern Avenue, more than 2 miles from the incident just south of the Bethany Home Road exit.

Arizona Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed a destroyed car after the fire was put out.

The driver of the vehicle made it out safely, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

No information about what caused the blaze was immediately available.

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Car fire ties up traffic on southbound State Route 51 in central Phoenix