A 2015 GMC Yukon burst into flames while on a test drive in Anaheim, CA on Sunday after smoke filled the cabin. Residents of the neighborhood where the driver abandoned the redesigned Yukon reported hearing a series of small explosions (likely the tires, based on the video), according to a report from KTLA and The Los Angeles Times.

No one was injured in the incident, which The Times reports occurred after a possible oil or fluid leak. As you can see in the image above, the Yukon was engulfed in flames, although the Anaheim Fire Department was able to put out the blaze in about 15 minutes.

"We're very lucky that no one got hurt, and it was in an area that... was safe," Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department told KTLA reporters. "If there was any place that was going to be safe, it would be this area. It's very open. It worked out for us."

"Everyone kept thinking: Is it going to explode one more time? Because it looked like the gas tank was still there, intact," Sergio Luna, one of the witnesses, told KTLA. "So that was the big fear: If it does go off, what's going to happen?"

The news of a new model catching fire comes on the heels of a massive and controversial recall for General Motors, which has faced criticism for failing to recall over one million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches.

GM is aware of the fire and is set to dispatch a field team to analyze the destroyed SUV "very soon," according to GM's Alan Adler. Adler added that it's too soon to know much of anything - the fire, after all, did only happen yesterday - but it's hoped that the field team being dispatched will have answers as soon as possible. We'll be sure to stay with this story and update you as more information becomes available. Scroll down for the full news report from KTLA.


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      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      Fuel tanks do not catch fire. They are designed so that as soon as the pressure inside of them increases, a valve opens and the internal volume is in direct contact with the outer environment so that the pressure can't increase any longer. As if the cap was off. The fuel is going to burn nonetheless, but it can't explode any more. It has been so for the past 30 years at least. The only way to make a car explode is to insulate the tank allowing the pressure to raise to the failure level of the tank. The fuel wouldn't be on fire yet, but as soon as the tank fails air, fuel vapors and fuel would be expanding rapidly close to flames, resulting in an even wilder explosion.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hypothetic salesperson: “I hope this doesn’t have a negative effect on your purchase decision…"
      mikemaj82
      • 9 Months Ago
      So? When the $230,000 Ferrari 458 Italia came out a few of them caught fire..I think around 5. All cars have their problems.
        Roger Smith
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Ferrari never ask for our tax money,just in case and never tried to hide problems from loyal customers
      404 not found
      • 9 Months Ago
      Salesperson: "So what do you say we head back to the dealership and talk numbers?"
      z28ssx
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ban gasoline vehicles, they are too dangerous.
      Billy Lthr
      • 9 Months Ago
      http://www.autoevolution.com/news/three-toyota-prius-models-also-caught-fire-in-new-jersey-port-incident-51374.html http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/heated-seat-fire-risk-toyota-issue-stop-sale-order-article-1.1596794
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hate the design but it looks good with flames.
      Arizonarelax
      • 9 Months Ago
      85K Up in Smoke - if it wasn't so sad it would make a great squeal to Cheech and Chong's movie. I am not a fan of GM right now, very disappointed in their overall behavior towards the consumer given their outrages pricing, money still owed to the American tax payer, and lack of support of their products (for years). However, I am hopeful that they find the cause and correct the problem across all GM branding products. They need some wins' here.
      fran
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hey normc32. Your beloved GM product is burning. :(
      lad
      • 9 Months Ago
      There are over 152,000 auto fires every year on average; hardly news, just one of many daily ICE fire. Now if this had been an EV, well now, that's something Big Media/Big Auto/Big Oil would like to have publicized. Helps ICE sales don't you know!
        merlot066
        • 9 Months Ago
        @lad
        How many "auto fires" are vehicles completely engulfed in flames like the Tesla incidents or the video above? Vehicle-swallowing fires in brand new vehicles = bad
      owen brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      Damn these overweight passenger's riding in the car! I bet if it was only the driver this would never happen. You can't have a bunch of keys on your key chain and a bunch of people in a GM vehicle and don't expect bad things to happen.
      Tyler
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm waiting for Tesla to somehow use this opportunity to take the heat off of their fires
        atc98092
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tyler
        And I was waiting to see how long it would take for a Tesla comment...
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