Watching a small fire that no one can stop from becoming a big fire is like watching a train wreck in Super Slo-Mo. That is the spectacle we get from a rural two-lane road in Poland when a transporter truck hauling seven Volkswagen Passat wagons catches flame.

The cause appears to be some sort of tire or axle failure on the trailer that starts a small fire under one of the cars. For unknown reasons, no one among the bystanders has a fire extinguisher, so they try to put the flames out with snow. That doesn't work, and then when it takes 12 minutes for the volunteer fire department to arrive in their vintage Mercedes-Benz pump and get the first stream of water shooting – almost five minutes before the state fire department – the conflagration is big enough to cook cattle and s'mores for Zeus.

The transporter inferno is on the long side at 23 minutes, but you'll find it all in the video below.



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      Bars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seen a car burn once from small dashboard fire to nothing but ash and the suckers burn like candles. If the car catches fire and you don't have a fire extinguisher or access to lots of water, you might as well just get back because there is absolutely nothing you can do.
      redgpgtp97
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't there a fire extinguisher on that truck. If not, there should've been.
      MStawski3d
      • 1 Year Ago
      "For unknown reasons, no one among the bystanders has a fire extinguisher, so they try to put the flames out with snow" - You can see on this movie used extinguishers. They just too small and useless. My car burned down even after 3 small extinguishers was used on it. USELESS !
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      "For unknown reasons, no one among the bystanders has a fire extinguisher" That's weird, because here in America, people carry fire extinguisher with them when they go for a walk or drive their car.
      Chet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprised there are no comments lamenting the lack of Passat TDi wagons in North America.. Consider this post the first.
      WintersWar
      • 1 Year Ago
      why bother? you think vw will give those bystanders a discount? it's all insured and why put yourself at risk. different story if people in the cars.
      ffjsb
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why if you get an extinguisher, GO BIG!! Those little plastic things are absolutely worthless.
      bttmlinegrl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did you know that during Hurrican Sandy as the water rose to levels over the car batteries, that they shorted and went on fire? Some homes, as many has 100 were destroyed because of this. What does this have to do with this article? Absolutely nothing
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bttmlinegrl
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        dusty754
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bttmlinegrl
        Did you know that during Hurrican Sandy as the water rose to levels over the car batteries, that they shorted and went on fire? Want to read that statement again and explain the logic of a car battery shorting out and catching fire bercause the WATER LEVER rose OVER the batteries? Battery-underwater-catching fire- underwater Not enough voltage to short out and catch fire.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like Volkswagen has not fixed the spontaneous combustion issue.
      Dasteknoviking
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a born n raised Polak who visits often.. every car is REQUIRED to have a fire extingusher in the car. They are installed in the car by the owner and they can get ticketed if stopped by a police officer for a routine inspection. They will stop you for no reason and inspect your car, if they find anything wrong with it YOU have to fix it. Snow tires are required in winter months. Also you car has to have a yearly inspection performed by a licensed shop to make sure cars are safe to drive on their unsafe roads. Also Polski are very welcoming people and will help one another, its not a VW owned transporter but a company who delivers cars FOR VW. That companies insurance will cover the damage caused by the fire. I wrench on cars for a living here in the USA, I've seen Cassens who delivers all of our cars have to pay for delivery damages. As a concerned citizen of this country, I feel sorry for all americans who have to share the roads with people who refuse to fix their car because the new iPhone 5 came out and is more important than fixing their loose ball joints /RANT
        wickedme91
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dasteknoviking
        I have no idea what he is going on about in the second paragraph! At least the first paragraph makes some sense.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody find it a little humorous that the MB came to save the day in the end?
      The Friendly Grizzly
      "...Or let me guess both VW's spontaneously combusted." No, these are VWs. If they were Ford SUVs with cruise control, then I would buy the spontaneous combustion theory.
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