Published: Nov 27, 2013 10:47 AM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral man is safe after escaping his vehicle, which caught on fire yesterday afternoon.

Police responded to the 1400 block of Diplomat Pkwy. W. at 4:00 p.m. and found a Kia Optima fully engulfed in flames. The Cape Coral Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire.

The driver said he smelled a strong odor of electrical fire coming from the inside of the vehicle and pulled over. He immediately felt heat coming from the dashboard and  flames began to come out of the A/C vents. The driver was able to get out unharmed.

A tow truck took the vehicle away.