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My burning car

I was driving home on the freeway when my air-conditioning began to lose power. About a minute later, I started to have engine trouble so I looked for the nearest exit. My engine lost all power and the car rolled to a stop on an off ramp of the 110 freeway. As I called AAA, I saw a bit of smoke coming from under the hood. The smoke had begun to increase and I noticed a hot spot on my hood. That's when I woke up my sleeping 1-year-old and 4-year-old in the back seat. I quickly got them both out of the car and took them a safe distance away. With the help of some friendly strangers, I managed to keep the kids safe while I grabbed the stroller from the trunk. Flames began to appear around the front of the car and quickly it was entirely engulfed.


The Los Angeles Fire Dept. quickly arrived and the whole incident was over in about 5 very brief minutes. Nobody was hurt but it's a good reminder to follow your instincts and not take any chances in a fire. I don't know the cause of the fire, but I won't be buying another Volvo V40.

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Taken on August 16, 2012