Salem firefighters fight car fire at Circle K gas station

SALEM- An engine fire caused a potentially frightening scene at an East State Street gas station Friday afternoon.

City firefighters responded to the Circle K at 1125 E. State St. at 1:08 p.m. after a city police officer reported a vehicle on fire next to the gas pumps. Firefighters found the fire to be in the engine compartment and had to use spreaders to open the hood to extinguish the flames.

An employee had shut off the pumps upon seeing the smoke, which reportedly billowed a dark black high into the air. Booms were used to contain fluids from the vehicle.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 1:51 p.m.