Woodchuck blamed for starting car fire in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — A woodchuck is being blamed for sparking a car fire in Steamboat Springs.

The woodchuck climbed into the engine compartment of a Toyota 4Runner parked at a ranch, according to Steamboat Today. It reportedly had a nest nearby.

A man bought the truck on Thursday afternoon and was driving to the Department of Motor Vehicles when it caught fire.

The driver pulled into the newspaper’s parking lot and got out of the truck safely.

The woodchuck was “seen fleeing the scene” but was “later apprehended,” the Vail Daily reported.

A Steamboat Today employee later spotted the woodchuck, which was badly burned, and had to be euthanized, the paper reported.