On Saturday, July 26, Copper Mountain Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire in the westbound lane of Interstate 70 near milepost 195.
The call came in shortly before 8 p.m. and once on the scene, firefighters located a 1957 Ford Thunderbird emitting a thick plume of smoke on the side of the highway. Two San Diego residents and their dog had already exited the car safely, according to a Copper Mountain Fire news release.
Lt. Todd Hebebrand said the passenger told firefighters his legs were getting hot and asked the driver to pull off the highway. After pulling over, the owners noticed smoke billowing out of the hood of the car.
They told firefighters they had just purchased the classic vehicle in Nebraska and were driving it home to San Diego.
The owners of the car stayed until about 9:15 p.m. when a tow truck arrived to remove the T-Bird from the scene. The fire was reportedly extinguished at 8:07 p.m., just minutes after firefighters arrived on scene.
A cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Hebebrand said. Firefighters think the fire was caused by faulty wiring, but were unable to confirm that suspicion.
The Frisco Police Department also responded to the scene.
According to Hagerty Insurance Agency LLC, a company that specializes in classic car and classic boat insurance based in Traverse City, Michigan, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible could fetch anywhere between $15,000 to more than $190,000 depending on the model and its condition.