MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Monday afternoon, firefighters extinguished a car fire, after an alert officer spotted smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

Police gave the following account of the incident. At about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, Patrolman Stephen King was conducting a routine patrol of Route 22 Westbound, at the footbridge, when he saw a black Subaru with NJ license plates with smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

He was able to get closer to the vehicle and spotted a fire underneath the vehicle. Officer King radioed headquarters to inform them of the situation and requested the Mountainside Fire Department to come to his location.

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He then approached the vehicle and had the driver/owner, Debra Nicholas of Newark, and her passenger leave the vehicle for their safety.

Firefighters were able to control and put out the vehicle fire.

The vehicle was towed off of Route 22 by Sisbarro Towing. No injuries were reported.