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    ICE cars are dangerous.

    I drive a good amount of interstate (I-285, I-75) in Atlanta. In the 7 or so years that I have had a car here I have seen probably a dozen car fires. So in the theme of " Gas stations are dangerous!! " I am putting up a photo I took last week of a car fire. I just missed the car (behind my B pillar) but the whole grass section between the onramp and interstate was also on fire.

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    This happened not far from my house a couple weeks ago:


    A 1991 M5 - the last of the hand-built M5s. Couple hundred grand on the odometer.

    The owner had driven just about a mile from his house when he saw smoke. He thinks it was leaves/pine needles that fell through the exterior air vents in front of the windshield that ended up resting next to resistor-based potentiometers that get hot when used to slow down fans. That doesn't seem right for only a mile of driving. The fire was surprisingly slow to get going (water & fire extinguisher didn't work by the time we got them to him), but I think there had to be some kind of fuel/oil leak to have it spread like it did.

    Oh, and no boom. Apparently, in most cases something rubber burns away and the fuel drains out of the tank onto the ground. The big danger is an almost empty tank that has a lot of fumes, which are more easily ignitable.
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    Cars only go boom in Hollywood. (Yes, a nearly-empty tank full of fumes can be dangerous.)

    That's a surprisingly tame fire for a car. I've seen them go up like torches.
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    I passed a newer corvette fully engulfed in flames not too long ago on I-95. I've seen a few other car fires too on the roads. Never really recognized what they were except for the vette.
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    How Ironic

    Spotted this on my way to the bank a few minutes ago.

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    Notice the name of the business - "SAFETY HOUSE".

    (No, I don't know why the minivan is on the lawn against the building, but it looks to have been a really bad idea. Three firetrucks and several other emergency vehicles arrived moments later.)
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    I worked for a short time with EMS in Rochester NY, and car fires were an almost daily occurrence, especially in the summer. They rarely make the news, and before I started that job I had no idea. I personally have had one of mine catch on fire, luckily not while I was in it!

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    Apparently the photo I posted earlier was the result of someone driving their Subaru Forester into the side of the building...

    SUV hits Safety House in Ottawa, bursts into flames
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    The danger presents itself at 4:13 in this clip in the shape of flames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwedishAdvocate View Post
    I am really sorry for these women.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23190154

    Maybe that such a terrible thing wouldn't have happened with an electric car.
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