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In a shocking early morning blaze, a Lincoln Town Car burst into flames on 9th Avenue.
The FDNY told W42ST in a statement: “On Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 03:52 hours, units were dispatched to a report of a passenger vehicle fire” at 530 9th Avenue between W39th and W40th Streets.”
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:55am and were able to put out the fire by 4:26am. The FDNY stated that the fire was under investigation and the cause of the blaze was as yet undetermined.
Photographer Cid Roberts was on 9th Avenue when he spotted the fire. He said: “On my way home this morning, a smoking car pulled over to the bike lane. I stopped and the man jumped out of the car visibly shaken, looked around as though to ask for help, when suddenly the car gave out a loud pop and was instantly engulfed in flames.”
Roberts believes the driver fled the burning car onto a side street as he and “the other people on the street (bar and smoke shop patrons) fell to the ground, as though in a bomb drill. “I immediately reached for my camera and captured the images,” he added.
W42ST reached out to the NYPD and FDNY for further details. This is a developing story and we will update as we hear more.