A car fire rages after a vehicle explosion resulting from an accident in West Philly Wednesday night. The vehicle above ran a stop sign at high speed, striking another vehicle broadside before exploding into flames. Photo by Kit Friday
A car erupted in flames on the corner of 51st and Cedar Ave in West Philadelphia earlier this week, burning intensely for 15 minutes until the Philadelphia Fire Department arrived and easily doused the blaze. Kit Friday of the Panic hour lives in the immediate vicinity and witnessed the incident, which he reports occurred approximately an hour before the default shutdown of the federal government September 30.
A Philly Police officer arrived on scene first. He threatened to arrest the photographer “for his own safety” when he attempted to approach for a better view. Photo by Kit Friday
The fire begins immediately after collision. Photo by Kit Friday
Photo by Kit Friday
Several firetrucks and ambulances line the street to douse the flames, approximately 15 minutes after the collision. Photo by Kit Friday
Once on scene firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in moments. Photo by Kit Friday
Mr. Friday reports that the driver and passenger, both young African-American males, appeared to be intoxicated as they fled the scene before the authorities arrived. A smashed liquor bottle could be seen nearby amid the rubble from the accident.