Sandy police and the Salt Lake County sheriff's office are investigating an apparent car theft that ended with the car engulfed in flames in Little Cottonwood Canyon late Tuesday night.

The county received a call around 11:30 p.m. that a car had rolled and was on fire near the Tanner's Flat campground. Deputies were told that the flames were spreading into the underbrush, and that while no one was seen near the car, it was unknown whether anyone was trapped inside.When deputies and county firefighters got to the car, which had gone off the north side of the road near the area known as the "S-curves," they noticed that there were no skid marks indicating anyone had tried to stop the car's descent, said Sgt. Scott Robinson.

The car, which was a total loss by the time crews hauled it back up to the road shortly after midnight, had lodged on a narrow shelf above the canyon floor and burned, setting some of the surrounding brush on fire. Firefighters were able to douse the flames before they spread over a large area. But had the car rolled any farther, Robinson said, firefighters might have had more trouble with the blaze.

The car turned out to be empty and had been reported stolen in Sandy earlier Tuesday, Robinson said.

No arrest had been reported as of Wednesday night.