ALTON - Alton Fire Department quickly extinguished a blazing car fire on Ridge Street across from McDonald’s around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The driver of the car was not in the vehicle at the time of the fire and it was safe, Alton Fire Department Battalion Chief David Eichen said.

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Battalion Chief Eichen said the woman who had the vehicle visited a nearby establishment, and when she returned her car was engulfed in flames.

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“She was upset, but it could have been far worse if she had been on the road,” he said.

Eichen said the vehicle for sure is a total loss because of the fire.

The fire department was investigating the situation to determine the cause.

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