Actor Dick Van Dyke was caught in a dangerous situation on a Los Angeles highway (who are we kidding, every situation on an LA highway is dangerous), when his Jaguar XJ spontaneously caught fire. The 87-year-old actor/comedian pulled to the side and attempted to call emergency services when another motorist pulled him from the car. There seems to be some confusion as to whether Van Dyke was passed out or merely calling emergency services.

According to the photos and video from NBC and The Today Show, the car was thoroughly cooked in the blaze and is now a total loss. After the incident, Van Dyke's wife, Arlene, posted that the actor was "fine," sharing a Vine video of the star, the car, and a few CHP troopers that were on hand. Later in the day, Van Dyke tweeted a photo of his toasted sedan, saying, "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!"

You can view the Today show segment on the incident as well as Arlene Van Dyke's Vine video, below.

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      Kyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguar just can't get a break. First, one of the most beloved celebrities in America has his fairly new XJ catch fire on the L.A. freeway. Second, the whole incident , from the car burning to exploding to having the melted remains towed-off, is recorded by mobile phones and I think a TV station's helicopter. and broadcast over the internet and TV live. And third, Dick Van Dyke give a great and very memorable one-liner about his car before leaving the scene. Thus, a "Perfect Storm" for a PR disaster for Jaguar. Who knows, Jaguar's best move may be to try to get Dick Van Dyke to be their new spokesperson to help mitigate the whole mess. I can't help myself, but in the first interview D.V.D. made before leaving the scene, he said that the car started making a strange sound before catching fire; I wonder if the sound the Jag made was, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Check IMDB to explain, if you don't get it.
      tump
      • 1 Year Ago
      The difference between Southern California and Northern California is that you don't say the "the" before a highway name in NorCal. That amuses me.
        LynxFX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tump
        That's because down here freeways are living, breathing soul ******* entities. You probably spend more time on the 405 than with your wife and kids at home.
          Robdaemon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LynxFX
          34 days of my life consumed in a single year just commuting on that freeway between Long Beach and Santa Monica.
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tump
        yeah, that's something isn't it? kinda like Ivana used to call Mr Trump, "The Donald"
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Props to whoever saved him. DVD is a class act and super awesome person.
      Classic_Engr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could this be due to the fuel filler neck that was recalled by both Mercedes and Jaguar? http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/12/mercedes-benz-recalling-5-800-vehicles-over-potential-fires/ http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/08/select-2010-2012-jaguar-xf-models-recalled-over-fuel-leak-fears/ Not sure if this applies to the XJ. Several manufacturers use that supplier. I know, I know, there I go talking about reality again. It's so much more fun to rustle up old ghosts.
      John P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even uglier than when it came from the Tata factory. What were once Cool Cats have turned out to be real Dogs.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      His 'flaming Jaguar'...if you know what I mean.
      RJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, I honestly heard this joke years ago, yes I was in a bar: This guy moves to Hollywood and decided to break into the movie industry. But his agent tells him his name, 'Penis Van Lez *****'', won't fly. So he changes his name to Dick Van Dyke. The rest is history.
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tata owns Jaguar these days, right?
      kipswork
      • 1 Year Ago
      What, he wasn't driving chitty chitty bang bang?
        finzenchrome
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        Before his Jag caught on fire made a strange sound. It went Tata-Tata Nanner-Nanner Boo-Boo!
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        News to me!
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a beautiful coffin.
      David MacGillis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe it was a Jaguar. Those have never started on fire or anything.
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