Car fire destroys college freshman's textbooks

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 10:33 PM CDT
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A rough start to a freshman year in college after her car and everything in it goes up in flames. An 18-year-old was driving on I-29 in Fargo when her car caught fire.

Thankfully, she and her passenger escaped without getting hurt. But, the car, and some very important belongings were destroyed.

"All of a sudden just plumes of white smoke come out of the tailpipe,” says Megan Dahl. She was driving and knew something was wrong. "Okay, that's enough. I pulled over on the side of the road and got out cause I am like, I don't want it to explode with me in."

Thick black smoke and flames destroyed the car, thankfully Dahl and her passenger got out in time. "The passenger door was open, so I could see it approaching into the cabin. And of course I am thinking oh my gosh, my books and my backpack. I was just thinking, I am not going in there and risking my life."

Dahl was on her way back to Fargo with her boyfriend. They had just bought their text books from North Dakota State College of Science. Almost 2 thousand dollars, gone. "You could see the pages just splattered everywhere," says Dahl.

"I am trying to be my most optimistic, but it's a little but hard. Knowing that this curse or something may be looming over me, it's a little almost discouraging.” Dahl starts college on Monday, and has to find a different way to get there.

In the fire she lost her driver's license, some money, her backpack, lots of important paperwork. And of course, her textbooks. Books she bought with student loans, a rough start to a new beginning.

Fargo crews say the fire was in the engine, but they don't know the cause yet. An investigator is taking a look at it.