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Patrol car back in service after fire

August 23, 2000

Jenna Bordelon

BURBANK -- A squad car damaged due to an electrical short in the

dashboard has been repaired with parts from other cars, police officials

said.

The car was back in service Thursday, said Capt. Robert F. Heins.

Police stripped two damaged cars for a new dashboard, wiring and seats.

"We pilfered parts from good cars and made the car whole again," Heins

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said.

The car's engine was in good shape, officials said.

"There was a lot of smoke and not so much fire," Lt. Robert Giles

said.

The car, driven by Sgt. Kelly Frank, caught on fire Aug. 3 while Frank

was inside the Coral Cafe at 3321 W. Burbank Blvd. A passerby alerted

Frank to the smoke flowing from the Ford Crown Victoria.

It was the fourth time that a police patrol car had caught on fire in

18 months. The other three incidents were attributed to faulty road

flares.

The dollar amount of the damage was not known, Heins said.

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