Car fire

Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Capt. Joel Brandt (left) and firefighter Bill Potter work to put out the flames on a Pine resident’s car at the entrance to the Portal IV subdivision off Highway 87 in Pine Wednesday.

As Pine-Strawberry Fire Department (PSFD) Capt. Phil Paine was driving home Wednesday, he spotted a vehicle fire at the entrance to Portal IV off Highway 87.

Paine, who is also the fire chief of the Blue Ridge Fire Department, reported the fire to the nearby fire station and grabbed his extinguisher, reported PSFD Chief John Wisner.

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