FD: Man burned in Mesa car fire

MESA, AZ - A driver is in the hospital Monday morning after his car caught fire right outside of a home.

Firefighters say it happened near Baseline and Alma School Road in Mesa.

Witnesses say the driver of the car was parked in front of a home when the front of his car suddenly caught fire.

Flames from the fire were hot enough to melt parts of the car, strip the paint of the garage, and even burn up several roof tiles.

A neighbor called 911.

Once on scene, firefighters say they were able to keep the fire from spreading by removing parts of the roof and dousing flammable engine fluids with foam.

Robert Gengler says he's never met the man whose car was found on fire in his driveway.

"I know a lot of people around here, but I've never seen that man and I've never seen that car," said Gengler.

What Gengler does know is that just after midnight a neighbor called to warn him about the fire.

When he walked outside, Gengler saw a car on fire in his driveway and parts of his house starting to burn.

It wasn't until later that Gengler realized there was someone inside of that car.

"After about 15 - 20 minutes out here they (firefighters) finally got up to the car and shined a line on there and saw somebody in there. They pulled him out and took him to the hospital. Like the fireman said you're lucky. And well, I know that. Thank god for my neighbors," said Gengler.

The unidentified man inside the car was taken to the hospital with burn injuries.

Firefighters are still investigating what caused the fire.

Gengler believes the man was asleep inside the car.

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