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Driver lights cigarette near propane tank, torches car

Fri., July 24, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

A Coeur d’Alene man was hospitalized Friday after setting his car on fire in a motel parking lot.

Michael R. Brandt, 41, suffered burns and totaled his car after lighting a cigarette while inside the vehicle; a full propane tank sat in the passenger seat, police said.

Witnesses at the Cedar Motel, 316 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., pulled Brandt, 41, from his burning 1992 Lumina about 2:24 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene firefighters extinguished the blaze, and Brandt was transported to Kootenai Medical Center emergency room, where he was still being evaluated at 4:30 p.m.

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