Authorities investigating overnight police vehicle fire

Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 9:33 AM HST|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM HST
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(Image: Traffic Management Center)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police say an officer's subsidized police vehicle caught on fire on the westbound lanes of the H-1 near the Middle Street overpass around 1 a.m. Friday.

The on-duty male police officer was not hurt and made it out of the vehicle.

There was no ambulance called for transport, according to Emergency Medical Services.

The car was completely engulfed in flames.  

Honolulu Fire Capt. Dave Jenkins said firefighters were on scene at 1:14 a.m. and it took 11 minutes to get it under control.

Police officials have not yet confirmed or revealed all the details of the incident at this time, but Jenkins said it is not uncommon for a vehicle to ignite in flames after experiencing some type of motor vehicle collision.

There is currently no request for a fire investigator to look into the cause of the fire at that time though, he said.

Police say the officer was not in pursuit of any suspect vehicle at the time.

A motor vehicle collision report for the incident was opened, according to police.

There was no suspicion of drug or alcohol use on the part of the officer, police said.

Traffic was diverted for about an hour onto Houghtailing Street until the fire was out and vehicle towed from the scene.

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