Car destroyed by fire Sunday after engine overheats


Fire destroyed a passenger car about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Perry after the vehicle ignited due to an overheated engine, according to Perry firefighters.

There were no injuries to the solo driver, who escaped before the vehicle was fully engulfed.

The Perry Police Department and Perry Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident, which occurred in the parking lot of a local financial services company on Perry’s east side.

“The driver said his car overheated in Urbandale,” said Perry Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Brian Eiteman. “He said he added water before driving here, so we’re assuming he ran it dry, and that overheated block caused the fire.” will update this story as information becomes available.


  1. Engine overheating can be devastating like this case, if proper care of the vehicle is not done before. Preventive maintenance is the best thing to avoid such cases and be safe on the road. No matter how luxurious your car is, or how costly you car is, each one demands a scheduled maintenance to show utmost performance. Car owners should know about the symptoms of this issue and hence they can take action to fix it immediately without wasting time.


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