House, Vehicle Badly Damaged by Fire

The home of a Meridian man was badly damaged Friday morning when a vehicle caught fire.

Willie Wilson of 1517 8th Avenue said he was attempting to start his car when the engine erupted in fire.

Wilson was able to get out of the car, but said he feared for his life because of the suddenness of the fire and the breaking glass.

The car was parked under a carport attached to the house and spread to the rear of the dwelling. Wilson said he has lived there, across from Wesley House, since 1985.

Wilson was treated for shortness of breath at the scene, but said he was all right. Asked if he needed any help, he motioned to several friends nearby and said he has all the help he needs.

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