Close call with an exploding Silver Lake car

Photo by Jen Byrne

Jen Byrne was headed north Glendale Boulevard past Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake on Friday night when suddenly the parked car she was driving past exploded into flame:

It was crazy ! But luckily, it happened across the street from the fire station’s back door. I called 911, but of course, the fire dept must have called it in right before me. I think I overheard the man who was starting the car, who got out totally safe, say that there was a gas leak …

Cap. Gregg Olson at the Silver Lake fire station said records do show a car caught on fire shortly before 9 p.m. across the street from the station but there is no information about what caused the blaze.

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  1. I saw that (and heard it – at least the tires exploding)…it was quite a show. Kind of beautiful actually. Very glad no one was hurt and was also kind of impressed that the completely totalled car was removed by very early the next morning (the city isn’t all bad I guess….they are also very good about painting any graffitti that gets put on that white wall nearby this fire at Waverly.) In these economic times I thought – “ugh, I wonder how long we will have to live with that ugly burned out car on the street”. Very happily – not long at all.

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