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SUV pursued by police crashes in front of National City fire station, bursts into flames

Posted at 5:14 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 11:37:25-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - An SUV fleeing from police early Friday morning hit a gas main and electrical box in front of a National City fire station, sparking a fire that engulfed the vehicle.

National City police pulled over an SUV on 18th Street and Highland Avenue shortly after 12 a.m. for a broken headlight, but two teen boys ran out of the vehicle before it sped away.

With officers in pursuit, the SUV crashed and rolled over a short time later in front of the National City Fire Department’s Station 34 on 16th Street, hitting an electrical box and gas main before bursting into flames.

Two police officers pulled the 16-year-old female driver out of the burning SUV while firefighters doused the blaze.

The girl, who was driving her mother’s SUV and did not have a driver’s license, was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The two boys that initially ran from the SUV were apprehended and sent back home.

San Diego Gas & Electric crews were summoned to the scene to help repair the broken gas main and electrical box.

No injuries were reported.

Police asked the public to avoid the 1400 block to 1600 block of D Avenue due to the crash and repair.

The repair effort has forced police to reroute traffic away from 16th Street and D Avenue.