UPDATE: Officials extinguish car fire on I-59 in Jones Co. - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

UPDATE: Officials extinguish car fire on I-59 in Jones Co.

The North Forrest Fire Department responded to the blaze at 6:00 a.m. (Photo Source: WDAM) The North Forrest Fire Department responded to the blaze at 6:00 a.m. (Photo Source: WDAM)
For over an hour and a half traffic was backed up about one mile from the Monroe Exit on Interstate 59 as crews worked to extinguish the fire.  (Photo Source: WDAM) For over an hour and a half traffic was backed up about one mile from the Monroe Exit on Interstate 59 as crews worked to extinguish the fire. (Photo Source: WDAM)
No injuries were reported as the driver escaped the vehicle before it went up in flames. (Photo Source: WDAM) No injuries were reported as the driver escaped the vehicle before it went up in flames. (Photo Source: WDAM)
The vehicle was removed from the scene by a tow truck. (Photo Source: WDAM) The vehicle was removed from the scene by a tow truck. (Photo Source: WDAM)
Traffic was reduced to one lane on Interstate 59 Thursday morning following a vehicle fire. Traffic was reduced to one lane on Interstate 59 Thursday morning following a vehicle fire.
JONES COUNTY, MS -

Traffic was reduced to one lane on Interstate 59 Thursday morning following a vehicle fire. The North Forrest Fire Department responded to the blaze at 6:00 a.m., according to fire fighter Chris Barney.

“Once we got on the scene, the car was fully involved,” said Barney. 

For over an hour and a half traffic was backed up about one mile from the Monroe Exit on Interstate 59 as crews worked to extinguish the fire. Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles as drivers were stalled due to the accident. 

No injuries were reported as the driver escaped the vehicle before it went up in flames. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

The vehicle was removed from the scene by a tow truck. 

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