Alan St. Vincent stared at the intersection of Thames and Constitution streets in disbelief.
Before him was his 2000 Ford Focus, the front engine engulfed by flames.
Firefighters responded to the scene just after 1 p.m. Monday, to put out the fire.
“We were just coming down Constitution Street and we could smell smoke coming out of the vents,” said Sean Killeavy, a passenger in Mr. St. Vincent’s car. “The next thing we knew, we were seeing smoke come out of the vents.”
The two, along with another passenger, Evan Fortin, jumped from the car. It rolled across Thames Street, crashing into the sidewalk in front of the Prudence Island ferry parking lot and caught fire.
The car, which Mr. St. Vincent bought about a year ago for $1,500, is considered a total loss.
“They’re all safe and not hurt, and that’s the important thing,” said Fire Chief Bob Martin.