Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
10:39 p.m. Police responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Highway 305 and Phelps Road.
A black 1986 Ford Econoline van, belonging to a 52-year-old Burien man, was on fire. Firefighters were on the scene.
The van’s owner said his vehicle, which he’d only recently finished repairing since it had previously caught fire, had stalled in Seattle earlier that day, and he had to get a jump start. Then, after riding the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge, the van needed another jump start, just about an hour before.
A woman had helped him that time, and as they were both driving north on Highway 305, his vehicle had stalled again. The woman attempted to jump start his van again, but shortly after it began running for the third time that day, flames erupted from under the hood.
The owner attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but it malfunctioned and he could not douse the blaze.
The woman called 911.
The man agreed to have the van towed in the morning.