Leitchfield PD cruiser catches fire as officer is on his way to assist deputy

A Leitchfield Police Department cruiser caught fire as an officer was en route to assist a Grayson County deputy.

Tuesday morning at approximately 5:00, Officer Chance Anthony was on his way to Caneyville on the Western Kentucky Parkway to assist Deputy Mark Johnson on a reportedly violent domestic disturbance involving brothers.

As Anthony traveled west on the parkway near the 105 mile marker, his cruiser began spewing smoke from underneath the hood. The officer pulled onto the shoulder of the road and called for help.

As the Leitchfield Fire Department was responding, Anthony was able to put out what remained of the blaze with a fire extinguisher, containing the fire to the engine compartment.

Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall, who arrived within minutes, said the fire began due to oil on the exhaust after an “oil line or gasket failed.”

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com

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