A car fire at Hy-Vee Gas in Peru caused a brief scare Thursday morning near the station’s gas pumps.
Peru firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 9:15 a.m. where a silver coupe was showing flames. Firefighters doused the vehicle in foam before spraying it down with hoses. Peru police briefly blocked Midtown Road as firefighters worked the scene due to the car’s proximately to the gas pumps.
Peru fire Lt. Bill Krolak said the driver had pulled into the station to get directions and noticed the engine area was on fire. The driver was not pumping gas at the time and was uninjured during the incident, Krolak said. The fire department was on scene for only about 30 minutes and the car was towed away on a flatbed trailer once extinguished.
Firefighters were pulled away from an emergency drill on the river to respond to the scene.