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Car strikes deer, erupts in flames on Thruway in Tyre

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A routine night turned urgent for the Clyde Fire Department (CFD) when a vehicle fire was reported on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Tyre.


Around 12:20 a.m. on November 4, a car collided with a deer and subsequently caught fire.

The CFD responded with Engines 48 and 49, along with Cars 2-1 and 2-5, after dispatch received multiple calls about the incident.

Engine 48 arrived first at the scene and found the vehicle fully engulfed.

The crew quickly initiated firefighting efforts, deploying water on the flames. Despite the rapid response, the situation was complicated by the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank, which had started leaking fuel, intensifying the fire beneath the car.

The blaze was eventually subdued after the deployment of a can of Purple K—a type of dry chemical fire extinguishing agent—into the fuel tank and additional containment efforts from Engine 49’s crew.

Following the removal of the burned-out vehicle from the roadway, all CFD units returned to service.