Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 19, 2014

Police: No drugs found in Linway car blaze

By SAM HOUSEHOLDER
sam.householder@goshennews.com

---- — A man is in critical condition after his car caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

The Goshen fire department responded to a car fire at Linway Plaza, 512 W. Lincoln Avenue, around 12:11 p.m. Wednesday.

According to information from the Goshen Police Department, William J. Tully, age and address not provided, was in his vehicle when it caught fire.

A spokesperson for the police department told The Goshen News that there was no indication of drugs in the vehicle.

Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink said that a crew was working on putting the fire out when they discovered Tully in the backseat of the vehicle, a blue Scion tC.

The firemen pulled Tully from the vehicle and he was transported by MedFligh to St. Joseph Hospital’s burn center in Fort Wayne for treatment of burns sustained in the fire, Sink said.

Tully was listed in critical condition at St. Joseph Wednesday night.

A witness, Drew Perkins of Dunlap, said he was leaving Hacienda when he heard “a big explosion” and saw the car on fire.

Perkins said he and another witness ran to the vehicle to see if anyone was inside.

“The windows were tinted and the fire was so hot we couldn’t see anyone inside,” he said. “My heart just sank when (firefighters) pulled the guy out.”

Perkins, who appeared shaken, said he thought the man was inside the fire for nearly 10 minutes.

“I feel terrible, I wish there was more I could’ve done,” Perkins said.

The incident remains under investigation with the Goshen Police Department.