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Taxi Van Catches Fire in Ballston

by ARLnow.com December 5, 2011 at 10:17 am 3,004 22 Comments

A taxi van caught fire last night in the middle of a Ballston-Virginia Square area intersection.

The fire broke out just before 7:30 p.m. in the intersection of 9th Street and N. Pollard Street. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze.

Photos courtesy Justin C. and @zippychance

  • charlie

    loving the water, oil, anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid (automatic, I’m sure) and fire retardant going down into the storm sewer drain…

    • Where would you put it?

      • charlie

        i don’t know. that wasn’t my point.
        we try so hard to be great environmentalists and then all this stuff washes down the drain and it has to hugely negate other efforts.

        • bredmond

          Charlie, if this was our car where would you like all of this stuff to go. Home with YOU??

          • charlie

            if this was Donaldson Run we would be trying to contain the spill.
            Do people forget that the storm sewers lead to the River?

            Where would YOU like it to go?

          • Rick

            I feel like at this point it’s about as damaging as peeing in four mile run. Maybe it’ll corrode the pipes on the way there

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    I hope that wasn’t the Karaoke Cab

  • ArlingtonChick

    What is up with all the car fires in Arlington?

    • NotALot

      there nothing new, infact few and far. It’s just reported every time on Arlnow. Most car fires in other big metro areas go unknown or unreported. Detroit probably has a car burning every hour.

  • NoVapologist

    Car fires are the new bank robberies.

  • zippychance

    It was actually a pretty quick fire that got handled relatively easy. Firemen showed up, sprayed the hell out of it til there were no flames visible, ripped the bumper and grille off and then sprayed directly at the front of the vehicle. It was cleaned up by 830. I’ll be walking that way later today but from what I saw driving by this morning there weren’t any odd-colored spots in the pavement from fuel or any chemicals.

    • charlie

      i’d be curious. because I hear that one accident like this is so much worse for the world than a household that doesn’t recycle.
      it is like the story with Catalytic converters on cars — they are better but only if they are properly tuned. and in fact when they aren’t properly tuned they are WORSE.
      so we try hard to be good stewards but how bad for the environment is one good car-b-q?

      • zippychance

        There didn’t appear to be any chemical scarring on the pavement, or discoloration between the scene and the drain. There were however some rubber pieces scattered about.

  • zippychance

    It should also be stated the driver was not hurt. Although he looked fairly upset.

  • Jason S.

    Big surprise, a poorly maintained taxi in the DC area. I couldn’t care less that the driver was upset and has probably hurt his income dramatically, taxis here drive like selfish pricks and the more bad things happen to them the happier I am.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Any idea which TAXI service provider this was?

    I see nothing wrong with that being publicly known.

    • zippychance

      Private (solo) cab

  • Tony

    That was my taxi last evening. It was a DC cab company (not sure on the name) and I thought I smelled something burning during the ride. I ended up getting dropped off and then 2 minutes later I saw the fire. Pretty crazy…

  • YTK

    Was it an electric vehicle?

    • Tony



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