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Watch bystanders try to put out fire on transporter full of new Volkswagens

Posted Jan 4th 2013 7:15PM


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 little 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 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, you'll find all of them in the video below. Click here to watch.

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I don't know why you'd even bother for a volkswagen... but then I suppose the trailer is worth something.

January 05 2013 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Obviously not Frenchmen or they would pull out the marshmallows and wieners for roasting.

January 05 2013 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply