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Car Fire: Cause of Vehicle Trunk Blaze Undetermined

Officials say no one was injured in the car fire off the Foothill (210) Freeway last week.

Firefighters have not determined what caused the vehicle fire last week in La Crescenta, just north of the Foothill (210) Freeway, officials said. 

The rear area of the 4-door Honda caught flames about 4:20 p.m. Dec. 4 at Encinal and Pennsylvania avenues, just north of the Foothill (210) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported. 

The flames were apparent to drivers. Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene and someone began using a fire extinguisher, resident Elva Sherman told Montrose-La Crescenta Patch via Facebook. 

There were no injuries and firefighters do not know what caused the fire, said Brandy Villanueva of the Glendale Fire Department.  

The vehicle was considered totaled, she said. 

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Oh my, the mystery car is back. Several interesting things in this photo. That white pole across the back looks like it has a base used to anchor it. What role did that play. There is a long stream of what looks like foam in the street. Its length suggests the car left a trail of fire before it cam to a stop. The gas cap lid is open...why? Evidently the owner or driver has not been contacted, else they would would have told what happened. The open lid over gas cap suggests that someone might have been putting gas in the tank from running out and something set the gas on fire. No wonder this keeps popping up...really quizzical.....The strangest thing is the pole lying across the back.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
OK..I've the answer..the car was rear ended which ruptured the gas tank. It left a trail of gas on the street and coasted around the corner. The vehicle that rear ended the car went to the side and knocked the pole down on the car and electrical sparks set the gas off. What you don't want to know is the fire truck was returning from an emergency call of a racoon the had been injured on the ACH and the driver of the fire truck was talking to emergency to make sure they were ready to take the racoon. His distraction caused him to rear end the car that rear ended the burned car. In the confusion, the racoon escaped the fire truck and went on his merry way. The officials gathered together are trying to figure out how to explain all of this, and they decided to author another proposition to the voters.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Who says you can't get blood out of a turnip. I no longer think any pole is lying across the back; I think it may well be the rear glass that popped out from the collision.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
As you can tell, I am obsessed with what this fire is all about. Apparantly, the driver fled the scene as the firemen and police would have talked with him if he or she was there. Car stolen ? I do not think fire started in a closed trunk; not enough oxygen to support a fire. I am still curious about why flame retardent is in a line down the street away from the car. Forget rear end collision and ruptured tank; That would have been discovered. Perhaps something in rear seat ignited and grew so quickly that the driver fled. Bomb making materials ? I doubt that. One thing about that area, strange things happen. I shall beg off now....b
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
If you can dump it, we can pump it. Now, I saw that slogan on patch site advertising a septic cleaning company, so you can't blame me...exactly. This site is oriented to comments on selected news items, and if you want to comment on something that isnt news..you can start a blog. Blog rhymes with clog. I like the space on face book that has an opener "What's on your mind?" I wish Montrose Patch had one of those right up front. Really, there is too much worn out material here. The Patch Kids (eds) cannot clean out old stuff because a barren site does not look good. But, neither do old re-runs. There is room for smart asses like me to make some funny remarks, but that may offend some people. By the way, there are ten people in my family and under one roof who have the same name. So, one person is not trying to take over Montrose Patch. . The thread on that beautiful white dog had a saving grace....the place of finding was Tujunga. Thank goodness, there are 1,024 square miles of Angeles Nat'l Forest..which the dog was also near. This is a wonderful site...the only way I can come "home". I love the pics and comments. I lived there from 1951-1960. In a way, I was sorry for Old Montrose to be changed, but, it was the best thing to happen in terms of drawing power via Farmer's Mkt. Know when to stop changing. just lesve it alone..it has reached its Zenith....B.

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