Photo by George

Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y was blocked off for about 45 minutes this afternoon, after a car burst into flames in the middle of the intersection.

The car was traveling southbound in the left-hand lane at around 2:15 p.m. After pulling into the intersection, the driver said she noticed smoke coming from the hood of the car, and the flames coming out of the sides. She jumped out of the car and watched from the sidewalk as flames engulfed the vehicle.

No one was harmed in the incident, which she said was probably caused by an electrical problem.

When we spoke to her, she waited for her husband to pick her up and joked about the incident.

“I don’t care,” she said. “It’s just a car. No one got hurt. I got out. It’s just a car and I don’t care.”

Firefighters put out the flames while police shut down Nostrand Avenue for a half block in each direction. A police truck came and towed the remains away, leading to the full reopening of the avenue by 3:00 p.m.

Wreckage from the car reached the sidewalk, and even into the 7-11 parking lot

Being prepared to be towed.

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  • ES

    I really need to get a police scanner. That's five minutes away from me. Feh.

  • Eitan

    wow

  • bagels

    Wow is right! Either there's an incredibly incompetent mechanic out there or the woman decided not to maintain her car properly. I'm glad no one was hurt but I wonder how far the insurance company will go in determing who is at fault. It's suspicious that she said the fire was “probably caused by an electrical problem.”

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  • Samantha

    I thought the same exact thing.

  • Eitan

    I used to work at a repair shop many years ago, and I can tell you, those are not the only two choices, although it could be one of them. Not only do I agree that it was probably an electrical problem, but sometimes, with all the hundreds of parts in an engine, things just break down, short out, generally get messed up. And a mechanic can only fix the parts he sees are broken, or a problem you bring to his attention. They dont have ESP and can't sense a problem brewing if there are no outward symptoms. Sometimes a car blowing up is just a car blowing up.

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