Father-daughter driving lesson gets heated

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Any parent can tell you teaching a child how to drive can get you hot under the collar.

But the smoke during a Sunday afternoon father-daughter driving lesson in Selden turned out to be from a fire under the hood of the car, police said.

The father and daughter, neither of whom were identified, managed to escape the vehicle -- a 1997 Dodge Stratus -- before it became fully engulfed by flames, Suffolk County police said. Neither was injured.

Police said the fire occurred at about 5 p.m. Sunday on Wyanet Street.

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"A man was teaching his daughter how to drive," a police spokeswoman told Newsday, "when they noticed smoke coming from under the hood. They got out of the car safely. Flames appeared and the car became fully engulfed."

Police said firefighters from the Selden Fire Department extinguished the blaze. The Brookhaven fire marshal investigated, but the cause of the fire was not released -- other than for police to report it was accidental.

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