Car fire shuts down traffic on Golden Gate Bridge

A car fire in the northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge briefly shut down traffic in both directions at the height of the Thursday evening commute.

The car fire involving a gray or tan Toyota with flames coming out from the bottom of the vehicle at mid-span on the bridge was first reported by CHP at about 5:25 p.m. 

CHP said the occupants were able to get out of the car. A line of CHP, SFFD and bridge maintenance vehicles were working to clear away the burned out vehicle.

Initially, Skyfox footage showed that southbound traffic was still moving slowly, while northbound lanes were closed as fire units finish putting out the fire.

Authorities then briefly stopped all traffic, but southbound lanes began moving again at about 5:50 p.m. The far left lane of northbound traffic was reopened moments later.

By shortly after 6 p.m., two northbound lanes had reopened.

It appears the fire caused some damage to the roadway, which will likely require a longer closure for repairs to the far right lane.

There is no word on what caused the fire.