When a pilot started the engine of a small plane at Livermore Municipal Airport Saturday morning, the plane suddenly caught fire, but the blaze was quickly extinguished by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department without any injuries, the fire department said in a press release.
The fire department was alerted to the fire at 9:48 a.m. and were at the scene about three minutes later. The plane, a 35-year-old Cessna 152, had a fire in the engine compartment.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze and after an initial investigation the fire department believes the battery to the plane was to blame for the flames. The fire did not appear suspicious in nature.
The pilot was unharmed and told firefighters that the amount of damage probably meant the plane would not be worth the price of repair.