A Penn State student noticed smoke in his rear view mirrors before the 2008 Nissan Rogue he was driving caught on fire Thursday, according to State College police.
Ryan Purcell, a 19-year-old from Oradell, New Jersey, was driving westbound at the intersection of East College Avenue and Porter Road when he noticed the smoke.
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Police said he then entered the turning lane at the intersection, exited the vehicle — which had mechanical issues — and called 911.
Alpha Fire Company extinguished the fire within a few minutes, according to the company’s Facebook post.
East College Avenue was fully closed for less than 30 minutes and there were no injuries reported, according to police.