• Apr 11, 2011
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel catches fire during D.C. parade – Click above to watch the video

Call us partypoopers, but we're not all that big on parades. There's something about standing around only to see a bunch of floats passing by you that doesn't sound all that appealing. Now if said parade included a little unexpected action, we might be more inclined to enjoy ourselves, but we're not so sure the onlookers at the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade would agree with us.

After the jump is video of a spanking-new 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel as it sat in the middle of the parade route, spouting flames from the hood. A local NBC affiliate reports that the newly designed SUV began to spew black smoke while towing a float on the parade route. After the hood was propped up the black smoke turned into a full-on car-b-que that engulfed the engine bay in flames. The local fire department, which was likely already participating in the parade, later came and doused the blaze, but the incident prolonged the parade by about 15 minutes.

Hit the jump
to watch the flaming Durango. We don't know how much the float it was reportedly towing towing weighed, and we also don't know which engine this Durango has under the hood. On the bright side, we didn't even know that the Durango apparently has a self-closing hood in the event of a fire. At the same time, whether it's operator error or a defect with the vehicle, having a brand-new SUV burst into flames in such a public way has to have Dodge reaching for the Mylanta. Either way, points to the band for continuing to play on! Thanks to all for the tips.



Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: YouTube | NBC Washington]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone bagging on a whole product line and model based off of one vehicle fire due to unknown causes needs to think about this a little harder! Why was this article even posted without a cause known? Got live the media providing a story that's incomplete.
        and003
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who knows why, viperbono? You made an excellent point, though. No one knows how the fire started, since the incident is still being investigated.
      Sjrouleau56
      • 3 Years Ago
      Curry County sheriff's department in Oregon had a new Dodge police cruiser catch fire a couple of weeks ago while responding to an emergency call. It had less than 6000 miles on it and was a total loss.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My guess is someone played with the wiring to power the float and caused a fatal short. Funny how people dog ChryCo for one truck burning up for an unknown reason while they give Ferrari a pass for multiple torched vehicles caused by a major design flaw.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Off yourself moron
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's funny how everyone just sits around, afraid to give up their valuable front-row seats, even though there's a large, gasoline-containing vehicle on fire maybe 20 feet away.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree — I'd be out of there in a flash.

        Did you notice the fire extinguisher on the ground (when the camera pans right) next to the bike?

        - Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        My first thought as well. And none of the Police Officers or security had access to any fire extinguishers?
      • 3 Years Ago
      CanyonerooooooooOoooooOoooooooOoooooo, Canyonero!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Top of the line in utility sports,
        Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL this is instantly what I thought of when I saw this story.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler shills out in force downvoting anything and everything bringing up the less than stellar history of 'quality'. Gotta love it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Our finest just standing around doing nothing - tax dollars hard at work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "On the bright side, we didn't even know that the Durango apparently has a self-closing hood in the event of a fire."

      The heat of the fire probably blew out the gas struts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about advertising back'firing' :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has anyone considered user error? They checked the tranny fluid and didn't seat the dipstick back all the way before the parade. Or they changed the oil but forgot to put the cap back on. So far there have been NO mass reporting of fires in the Jeep GC or the Durango and they have been on the market long enough for a pattern to develop (like the Nano or the Fords and its cruise control switch) . The haters here are blaming Chrysler, FIAT, Detroit, and the union before anybody knows what really caused this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess that Chrysler/Fiat partnership is working out for chrysler.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, thats what's imported from Detroit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love everyone's rationale. One first-year vehicle catches fire (from who knows what) and thus the entire Chrysler-Fiat partnership (which, by the way, the Durango was designed before Fiat was in the picture) is a fail.

        Ford has long been the one with fire problems.

        And also, check this first year vehicle: http://www.autoblog.com/2007/07/09/nissan-recalls-over-140-000-altima-sedans/ I don't hear anyone bitching about the very similar Renault/Nissan partnership.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's that fiery Italian spirit that makes so many Lamborghinis and Ferrari's immolate themselves rubbing off on Dodge.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, no, no... don't you see? It's a CONSPIRACY!

        http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/11/onr_mld_boat_burn/
        • 3 Years Ago
        Had an older Durango that we bought new a few years back. Without a doubt it was the worst, most undependable vehicle I've owned in 30 years of automobile ownership experience. The dealer was probably the worst too, refusing to fix acknolwedged warranty items and blaming blown freeze plugs at 36,000 miles as a "maintenance issue" . Finally traded it in on something else and truly felt sorry for the next sucker who bought that vehicle. About the ony way it could have been worse was if it came to life ala Christine and started actively killing people.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Last July my 1st gen Durango met the same fate!

        I wish I had taken a picture of me lighting a cigarette with my Dodge. That would have been my avatar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i thought it was only FORDS that catch FIRE . guess NOT .
        • 3 Years Ago
        Absolute fail to open smoking hood....it might have gone out w/o the rush of fresh air.
        The right thing to do is squirt the fire extinguisher into the engine compartment with the hood barely open, just to the safety latch.

        OTOH, the guy might have wanted to just total the damn thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can see the new ads now...

        So, what's the new 2011 Dodge Durango been up to lately?
        Bursting into flames during parades, that's what.

        The All New 2011 Dodge Durango. So hot, it's smoking.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fordrecall - please re-read the article - it's a 2011 with a Dodge Durango, not 1972 and a Ford Pinto...
        • 3 Years Ago
        "...the black smoke turned into a full-on car-b-que that engulfed the engine bay in flames."

        Mmm...mmm...mmm...mmm...mmm...toasty.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe a better name is Dodge FLAMINGo
      • 3 Years Ago
      @bnekic,

      Actually they are the most reliable vehicles I have owned...

      C&D tested a Challenger for 2 years 40,000 miles and they had no problems with it..They were asking why people believe Chryslers are deemed unreliable,as it it purely mis conception..Regarding to this fire,we dont know the cause but Toyotas,Honda,VW,Hyuandai ,GM,Ford all have more major issues than Chrysler does and ever did !!
      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1104_2009_dodge_challenger_rt_verdict/interior.html

      People are ingontant/uneducated so they jump on the Chrysler bashing bandwagon...Toyota/Honda have major mechanical flaws,loss of steering,loss of brakes engine fires as well !! It happens !
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OP: did you know that some people are so ignorant and uneducated, they can't even spell the word "ignorant"?

        Of course not.

        You're the spokesperson of the very pool of idiots that you're criticizing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe he should download an auto-spell for his browser.

        It's not that difficult.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe he didn't have all the time in the world to slowly type his response and then proof read it like you did. Maybe he had to go back to work. Most spelling errors on comments are from mistyping, but you know that right?
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