No injuries in downtown Champaign car fire

CHAMPAIGN — A car fire in downtown Champaign was extinguished without injuries Friday night.

Champaign firefighter Brad Diel said his department responded to Busey Bank parking lot near Randolph and Park streets sometime after 6 p.m.

"Apparently they were pulling into the parking lot to go downtown for a while. They noticed the car was on fire under the hood," Diel said. "It appeared that possibly — possibly — a small animal might have built a nest of leaves and sticks and twigs."

After driving the car for a little while, it is suspected that the engine got hot enough to ignite the material under the hood, Diel said.

No one was hurt. A number of people had set up to spend the night in boxes down the street for "One Winter Night," an event organized by C-U at Home to drive awareness and donations for programs aimed at helping homeless people.

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