Well. That’s interesting.

10 11 2012

My van caught on fire today.

There was a weird sound under the hood, and I think we left part of our car on the road. A passing driver yelled, “You’re on fire!” Before we saw any smoke. We pulled off the road and onto the grass and gathered up most of our things and got away from the van.

My husband called 911 to let them know what was going on. I heard him say, “Follow the smoke. You should be able to see it now.”

It did go up pretty quickly.

Here’s what it looked like after the KCFD put out the fire.

Better my car than my house.

I’m sure this will end up in a book somewhere 😉

 

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10 11 2012
DD13

Well, we needed a new car anyway…
😀

11 11 2012
ajdurrant

this isn’t the way to go about it though 😦

10 11 2012
Stephanie

So sorry to hear about your car. It is awesome that you can turn such a negative into a positive though. So will the car catch on fire because of wicked fairies?

11 11 2012
ajdurrant

I think gremlins are more likely to do something like this…or dragons. It’s actually a very boring story. I’ve been trying to think of a way to make it more entertaining. That’s where the dragons come in.

11 11 2012
All Seasons Cyclist

First, I’m glad you are OK. We had the same thing happen to our Ford minivan about 15 years ago — it caught on fire as we were driving. I pulled off on a city street and a guy inside his house saw the fire and brought out an fire extinguisher and put out the fire before the Fire Department got there. However, after dealing with State Farm Insurance I decided that if it ever happened again I would just let it burn down to the ground THEN call the Fire Department.

11 11 2012
ajdurrant

Thanks 🙂 Hoping things go smoothly with our insurance company. Were you able to tell this was a ford, too? I’m curious about what happened, but I don’t know if it’s possible for anyone to tell with all the fire damage. We saved most of our things…like my bike. It was in the car with us. We were just coming back from getting some adjustments on it.

11 11 2012
All Seasons Cyclist

Our fire was traced to the ignition switch — Ford had a major problem with this and they were recalled in Canada before my fire, but not here in the States. There was a class action lawsuit against Ford and about five years after the fire I got my $500 insurance deductible back. Dealing with the lawyers at Ford convinced me to never buy one of their products again.

13 11 2012
ajdurrant

I don’t think ours was the ignition switch since there was noise under the hood first. The insurance company is supposed to look at it tomorrow. We offered to send pictures to save them the trouble, but they’ve got to go anyway. It will be interesting to see if they’ve got any answers.

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