Independence firefighters had to extinguish a car fire off Little Blue Parkway early Tuesday evening, though no individuals were near the car when emergency personnel arrived.

Dispatchers received the fire call at 8:03 p.m., and the caller reportedly saw a person running from the vehicle into a nearby wooded area. The vehicle had been parked off the northbound lanes of Little Blue south of Bundschu Road. The car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and there was no person inside or in the vicinity of the vehicle.

Dispatchers said initial attempts to contact the car's owner were unsuccessful.