I was late to work today because on the bridge I take over the Seine en route, a car was stopped with the hazard warning lights flashing.
As I looked to find out why, I saw flames under the passenger wheel. I thought maybe just the tyre was burning. But as I passed, I saw it was even more spectacular: the bonnet was closed but aflame, with acrid smoke billowing above the car. No wonder the traffic was blocked up before I got to the bridge, which was down to one lane. The police weren’t on the scene as I passed by, so it must have happened shortly before I got there.
I wonder could that car have exploded since, or did it just burn until the fire brigade got there? Can a car suddenly overheat so much that it catches alight, or was there some other reason for the car catching fire?