A car caught fire and was completely destroyed along County Road 51 in Northampton Saturday afternoon, though its occupants escaped unarmed, Eastport fire officials said.
Firefighters were called to the scene about a half-mile west of Speonk-Riverhead Road about 3 p.m., where they found the car was on the north side of the westbound lanes already engulfed in flames, according to a Eastport Fire Department press release.
More than a dozen Eastport firefighters responded with two pumper trucks, one tanker and one heavy rescue unit and extinguished the fire “in a matter of minutes,” fire officials said.
Traffic was briefly diverted from the road as the firefighters battled the blaze.
The car was destroyed by the fire, and the Southampton Town Fire Marshals are investigating the incident, officials said.
The occupants of the vehicle, a father and his two young sons, were able to run from the car after it began smoking and escaped unharmed, according to a news report on RiverheadLocal.com, which had a reporter on the scene Saturday.
“The main thing is we didn’t get hurt,” the father, identified by RiverheadLocal.com as Steven Little of Manorville, said in an interview with the site.
“I don’t have a car now, but we’re safe and that’s what matters,” he said.