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Video: Burning car owners yell at arriving firefighters

The 1969 Chevy Camaro caught on fire while being transported in a trailer

By FireRescue1 Staff

ARLINGTON, Ill. — Video shows the owners of a burning 1969 Chevy Camaro berating Ill. firefighters for their response Saturday afternoon.

A woman yells, ”Oh, my God!” and “Water!" before screaming, “Is this your first fire?”

The Arlington Cardinal reported that the vehicle became fully-involved with flames as firefighters connected to the hydrant and charged the line. The fire was extinguished within about five minutes.

The Camaro was on display at a high school charity show and somehow caught fire while being transported home in a trailer.

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Steve Coughlin Steve Coughlin Sunday, August 26, 2012 6:13:55 PM shoulda repied to the first fire comment with holy shit how did ya know.
Glennon Mayer Glennon Mayer Friday, August 31, 2012 11:24:05 AM maybe the cr owner shoud join the fire service.
Julie Riegert Julie Riegert Friday, August 31, 2012 11:55:49 AM The car owner should be grateful that they did put the fire out, I would let it burn after her comment, you try firefighting lady it isn't easy and it is dangerous take into consideration that they are risking their lives to save your junk car!
Keefe Nelson Gonzalez Keefe Nelson Gonzalez Friday, August 31, 2012 12:35:12 PM I wish these people would understand how much work it takes to deploy a truck. You can't just pull up to the friggin fire and start drenching it. You have to hook up, charge, and then deploy a line within regulations. A guy can't just run up to the fire and start going at it. They have to carefully assess the situation. At least they kept your tow rig from going up in flames too. Nevertheless why wasn't there a fire extinguisher in the truck and trailer? In my opinion a large trailer like that should have a 25 lb fire extinguisher on board. As well as a smaller unit installed in the truck. I always carry a fire extinguisher in my vehicle for just such an occasion. Don't blame the firefighters for your lack of forethought and carelessness. Accidents happen, but don't blame it on the firefighters that your car is fully involved. If you had a fire extinguisher on board (and didn't open the back of the trailer up to let large volumes of oxygen in.... 1st mistake there.) I'm positive the loss would have not been so great.
Keefe Nelson Gonzalez Keefe Nelson Gonzalez Friday, August 31, 2012 12:58:51 PM After reviewing the video I see they have a small hand held fire extinguisher, however that is only sufficient for a small underhood blaze. They definitely should have had a larger one installed in the trailer. And they should not have opened the back door. That allowed the fire to grow much larger in a shorter amount of time.
Glenn Luthardt Glenn Luthardt Saturday, September 01, 2012 4:38:28 PM The woman should not have gone to that level of thought. Yes your pride and joy is being roached, but it is not the fault of the firemen, which her comment reflects. I seriously think that just a little more forethought on the part of the owner would have prevented this mess. Such as installing and/or turning off the battery switch. You have to have a source of energy of some type to ignite a fire and the battery is the first thing that comes to mind and is probably the largest source in this situation. Also double ck any fuel can security, make sure everything is in the right place. Do not load the car hot, and so on. Appears to me they did a VERY good job extinguishing the fire, cudos to the Arlington Hts. fire department, and all firemen at that.1.
Richard Hurtado Richard Hurtado Wednesday, December 26, 2012 4:48:41 PM Everybody's an expert! Love her comments! Strong work by AFD for not buying into the hysteria of the bystanders and doing what needed to be done.
Subi Chockalinga Subi Chockalinga Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:11:58 PM Seriously? What do you want the firefighters to do when they get there? They're doing their job, they're trained proficiently in doing so, quit critiquing them. Kudos to the FD and crew for their good hit and knockdown. To the bystander... it's a car.. that's what insurance is for and its materialistic. It can be replaced...
Matthew Thiel Matthew Thiel Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:46:58 PM Adam K. Thiel, Please E mail me if you get the chance. Obviously we have the same last name. Thanks.

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