Battery Blamed For Hybrid Car Fire On I-94

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CHELSEA (WWJ) - A driver narrowly escaped when her hybrid vehicle burst into flames on I-94. 

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata ignited shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, according to authorities, as a woman was driving along the freeway near Kalmbach Road, west of Chelsea, in Washtenaw County.

Chelsea Fire Lt. Derek Clink said the driver was lucky to escape her burning car unharmed. 

"She just pulled off on the side of the road there, grabbed her purse and jumped out," Clink told WWJ's Rob St. Mary.

"The rest of her belongings that were in the car are all gone," he said, "but she was able to get out with her purse and her cell phone; and then a couple of nice passersby stopped to stay with her until we arrived."

Clink said investigators believe the car's battery, which is in the back of the vehicle, was likely the source of the fire.

The car was completely destroyed by the time firefighters were able to put out the flames.