Driver uninjured in SUV fire

Driver uninjured in SUV fire

A Cherokee man was able to get out of the SUV he was driving before it became engulfed in flames Friday night in southwest Clay County.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that Donathan Rodgers, 36, was driving a 2011 GMC Acadia Denali at about 10:30 p.m. that night when he smelled smoke and pulled over near the 110th Avenue and 440th Street intersection, about 8.5 miles southwest of Royal.

Rodgers then noticed flames coming from under the vehicle dash, the report stated.

He was able to get out of the vehicle uninjured. The fire then spread quickly, completely engulfing the vehicle.

The SUV was considered a total loss.

Royal Fire and Rescue and the Peterson Fire Department assisted sheriff’s office at the scene.

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