Chevrolet Optra engine catches fire while driving: Occupants unhurt

India’s capital city, Delhi is experiencing a heatwave. With temperatures sky-rocketing to 47+ degrees C becoming an everyday affair, this has caused some cars to overheat and burst into flames. In the past one month, there have been more than 5 separate incidents, due to which three people have lost their lives. As the heatwave continues, there are more reports of cars catching fire in Delhi, the latest one being yesterday.

car fires in delhiTwo separate incidents have been reported. The first one, a Chevrolet Optra caught fire at Ram Charan Aggarwal Chowk. The Optra is owned by P N Mishra, whose driver was at the wheels when Mishra on his way to Karkardooma court. The incident occurred at 3.30 pm on Monday when the engine suddenly burst into flames.

No one was hurt as the driver and Mishra both managed to escape. Three fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames within 15 minutes while the car was partially burnt.

The other incident involved a Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20. This fire occurred in Nangloi area in West Delhi at noon when both cars were parked side by side. The fire was caused due to a hut caught fire, which then spread on to the cars which were parked very closely. In this fire incident as well there were no reports of injuries.

The previous three incidents, also reported in Delhi, saw one Hyundai Santro catching fire, killing two brothers, while the other was a Toyota Etios, killing one person and a Audi Q7, in which no one was injured. Citing rise in such incidents, Government of India has stepped in and have stated that the cases will be investigated. None of the companies involved have stated anything officially on the incidents yet.

Source Zee News via PTI