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The person living in the car got out without injury, but the car itself is toast

DAVID F. ASHTON - Parked at the curb next to the Sellwood Community Garden, this car caught fire - with a person sleeping inside - in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 1. The person escaped. The car appeared to be registered in Wisconsin. Neighbors walked past and shook their heads as they looked at the burnt-out shell of a PT Cruiser at the northwest corner of S.E. Harney Street at 21st Avenue on Thursday morning, March 1.

The car was parked at the curb adjacent to Sellwood Community Garden, on property owned by Portland Bureau of Environmental Services sewage pumping station, when Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Westmoreland Station's Engine 20 crew was summoned at 5:01 a.m. by calls reporting a car on fire.

"We've had transients parking there, on and off, for quite a while," neighbor Edna Pasternak remarked to THE BEE as she walked by with her dog after the fire crew had left. "I hope nobody was hurt, this looks pretty serious."

"This vehicle fire began in the interior of the car, where one occupant was sleeping at the time of the fire," later reported PF&R Public Information Officer Capt. Louisa Jones. "Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire just after arriving on scene, and then called for an investigator. The occupant was treated for minor injuries related to the fire."

The investigator has not released the cause of the blaze yet, Jones added.

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