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Video: Quick-thinking cop pushes burning SUV away from restaurant drive-thru, likely saving building

Stafford Township Police Department (Stafford Township Police Department/Facebook)

A police officer’s actions likely saved a fast food restaurant from burning down Sunday, officials said.

An SUV caught fire Sunday in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell on Route 72 East in Manahawkin, and started to spread to the lower part of the building, Stafford Township Police Department spokesman Capt. James Vaughn said.


Stafford Officer Keith Oler arrived and used his police SUV to push the vehicle away, preventing more damage to the building.

Vaughn said Oler’s actions were a credit to the agency and the law enforcement community. A bystander filmed the action and posted it on Facebook.

Neither Oler nor the people who’d been in the vehicle were injured. The cause of the fire is believed to have stemmed from a mechanical issue and is not deemed suspicious, police said. The vehicle was later towed from the area.


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