A Key Peninsula car fire Monday evening critically injured a man who was later airlifted to Seattle for treatment.
A person across the street from the vehicle called 911 shortly after 6:30 p.m. about the fire near the 2100 block of Lake Drive Key Peninsula South, near Palmer Lake, Fire Chief Guy Allen said.
Allen gave this account:
The vehicle, described as an “older Jeep,” caught fire while traveling on Lake Drive, went off the road, and bumped into a house.
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The driver, a man in his 30s, was burned when flames from under the dashboard of the Jeep kept him from immediately unlatching his seat belt.
He was able to get out before firefighters arrived, and was flown to a Seattle burn center because of burns to more than 70 percent of his body.
The two passengers in the vehicle said the fuel pump was having problems before the fire.
The man inside the house at the time was not injured, but the residence sustained minor damage.