Toy car catches fire, melts in back yard

COURTESY PHOTO/North Andover Fire Department  A toy ride-on car caught fire and burned in the back yard of a North Andover home. The fire department notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the toy, a Sportrax Awesome XL.

NORTH ANDOVER — The fire department responded to a call for a car fire Tuesday afternoon, and upon arrival discovered a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle in question actually melted from the heat of the fire. It was a toy ride-on car made of plastic, and the woman who called the fire department was a North Andover mom who was out in her yard supervising her two children using the toy, according to Fire Chief William McCarthy.

McCarthy said the woman smelled smoke, and was able to unbuckle her kids from the car before it ignited.

A video of the incident shared with The Eagle-Tribune shows the toy, a Sportrax Awesome XL model, melting under the heat of the fire.

"By the time our company got there, it was completely melted, completely unrecognizable," said McCarthy.

McCarthy said fire investigator Jeff Crosby was called in to obtain information about the car so the department could file with the Consumer Product Safety Commission "to make sure there's not a problem with this particular children's toy vehicle."

The cause is still unknown, said McCarthy, but it appears the fire started where the batteries are located in the vehicle.

"The family actually purchased it about two weeks ago as a birthday present, the vehicle had been used a few times, it had been recharged three or four times," he said.

The Sportrax Awesome XL retails on Amazon for $499.99.

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