Woodchuck responsible for starting fire now chucking wood in heaven | SteamboatToday.com

Woodchuck responsible for starting fire now chucking wood in heaven

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters Isaiah Hartman, front, and Brian McGovern work to extinguish a vehicle fire in the Steamboat Today parking lot Wednesday afternoon. The driver was not injured, and firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
Scott Franz

— A woodchuck responsible for causing a car fire Wednesday has been located.

The woodchuck had climbed into the engine compartment of a Toyota 4Runner that was being stored at a ranch.

After the new owner picked up the car, it caught fire while he was driving to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get it registered.

The driver pulled into the Steamboat Today parking lot, and the woodchuck was seen fleeing the scene.

There was some concern that the woodchuck might start another fire because the animal was on fire.

On Thursday, a Steamboat Today employee spotted the woodchuck in front of the building.

It was badly burned, and wildlife officials were notified.

The woodchuck had to be euthanized.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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