by Tim Regan October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

A task force composed of members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, D.C. Police and D.C. Fire is looking for the person who allegedly torched a vehicle parked in an alley in NoMa last weekend.

The suspicious car fire happened behind a building on the 200 block of K St. NE last Saturday around 2 a.m., according to D.C. Fire spokesman Doug Buchanan. The vehicle that caught fire was a gray 1989 E350 ambulance.

A security camera pointed at the alley appears to have captured the moment the fire started. In the video, first shared by neighborhood blog PoPville, a hooded man can be seen tampering with a parked vehicle before walking away. The car burst into flames roughly 20 minutes later, the footage shows.

About a half hour later, firefighters showed up and extinguished the blaze.

“The investigation initially led to an undetermined cause,” Buchanan said. “However, after the owner of the vehicle provided video footage of an unknown person setting the auto on fire, the determination was changed to incendiary.”

The torched ambulance reportedly was one used by a local nonprofit:

D.C. Fire and EMS is urging anyone who has more information about the fire to call its arson tip line at 202-673-2776.

by Tim Regan July 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm 0

Car fire in Logan Circle

A car caught fire in Logan Circle and shut down nearby streets earlier this evening.

The fire started on the 1000 block of P St. NW earlier this evening. Authorities shut down both sides of P Street to battle the blaze.

It was immediately unclear whether anyone was injured in the fire. We’ll update this story when we learn more.

h/t to Borderstan reader Allie for the photo

by Tim Regan June 17, 2016 at 8:40 am 0

Car fire near 6th and L, photo courtesy of Mark Bjorge

Authorities have closed roads near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to fight a car fire.

The fire broke out on the 1100 block of 6th St. NW around 8:20 a.m. this morning, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

One person escaped the car safely and is being evaluated on the scene, Mendez added.

This story will be updated as we know more.

Photo courtesy of Mark Bjorge

by Tim Regan September 3, 2015 at 7:15 am 0

1500 block of 14th Street NW

(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.

Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan July 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm 0

(Updated at 2:24 p.m.) A car caught fire near the intersection of 11th and L streets NW earlier today, says D.C. Fire and EMS.

Parker Willie, the Adams Morgan resident who owned the car, told a Borderstan reporter on the scene that he noticed that the car’s breaks didn’t feel right, so he pulled over and called a mechanic.

“The brakes starting failing, depressing very slowly and then the brake light came on,” Willie said.

His BMW 525i erupted into flames shortly thereafter.

D.C. Fire and EMS arrived at the scene within 3 to 5 minutes after Willie dialled 911. The fire was extinguished soon after.

“I feel pretty good, just a little shaken up,” Willie said.

by November 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm 1,655 0


Click above for more images: Car fire on the 1400 block  of P Street NW Tuesday afternoon. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from the car fire today on the 1400 block of P Street.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Around 3:20 pm today, November 27, the engine of a Chevy Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) burst into flames on the 1400 block of P Street NW. The front of  the car was engulfed by fire, with a huge stream of dark smoke coming from the car. Fortunately, the husband and wife who were driving the car were able to quickly escape and avoid injury.

The car, a 1998 Chevy SUV was just installed with a newly rebuilt engine three weeks ago, according to the woman from the car. “We bought a warranty on the engine… thank goodness,” the woman said. She said she was able to grab her purse and i-Pad before exiting the car.

DC Fire and Police personnel arrived on the scene as the black flames of smoking were shooting from front of the car; the Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread to the rear section of the car. Parts of the burning engine block had fallen onto the street. The incident occurred near Stoney’s Bar and Grill, and Bar 9 near the center of the block of 1400 P Street NW.

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