The driver escaped without injury from a minivan that caught fire Thursday morning on Interstate 95 in Fairfield, jamming southbound commuter traffic for nearly two hours.

The van was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene between the highway's southbound Exits 25 and 24 shortly after 8:15 a.m. The driver was already out of the vehicle when the first fire crew arrived.

State Police shut down I-95's center and right-hand lanes while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The Fire Department's Engine 2, Ladder truck 2 and Car 3 were dispatched to the scene, followed by Engine 3 with additional water supplies.

The initial cause of the fire appears to be accidental, firefighters said.