Man escapes car fire

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SAN DIEGO – A man nearly escaped after his car caught fire on a Linda Vista street, authorities said.

Lakeside FireA San Diego Fire Department dispatcher said a fire broke out at 2 a.m., underneath a black BMW near the 5800 block of Linda Vista Road near Goshen Street.

“Firefighters sent one unit to extinguish the fire in the BMW, which sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage,” the dispatcher said.

The driver escaped moments before the vehicle erupted into flames.

Firefighters suspect the vehicle’s gear box may have ignited the fire.