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Car crashes, catches fire in East Boston

A car crashed and caught fire in East Boston this afternoon, briefly snarling traffic and dumping fuel into the water, fire officials said.

Boston police received reports of the fire on Saratoga Street at about 12:30 p.m. . Police and firefighters responded to the area and extinguished the vehicle, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

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MacDonald said the fire began after a minor crash. No injuries were reported. A small amount of fuel leaked into the nearby Boston Harbor, he said.

MacDonald said he was unsure what caused the accident.

No further information was immediately available.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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