Firefighters respond to car fire on University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus

A vehicle caught fire on central Ann Arbor on July 26, 2022. (Ann Arbor Fire Department)

ANN ARBOR – Firefighters with the Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday afternoon on University of Michigan’s central campus.

The incident was called in at 4:47 p.m. from Geddes Avenue near the Central Campus Transit Center.

Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said an individual was driving through campus when they started to notice smoke coming from the engine compartment. Smoke soon began to extend into the passenger compartment. They pulled over and called 9-1-1.

“It’s a pretty busy public area,” said Kennedy. “With school being out, it’s pretty different but that obviously is near the Central Campus Transit Center.”

No one was injured in the incident, but the vehicle is a total loss. It was determined that a mechanical failure started the blaze.

It wasn’t clear if the driver was affiliated with the university or just passing through town, said Kennedy.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.