Which means all of y’all can relax now.

First AD rolls his deer magnet, then Breda gets rear-ended, and then Tanya’s car catches on fire on the M3. Tanya blogs, so I guess it counts.


As far as we can tell, the aircon fan shorted out. Smoke poured out the dashboard, Tanya pulled off, called me. I got there, yup, looks like smoke all right. Opened the door to open the bonnet, and the fresh air fanned flames, coming out the dash. Hmmm. Not an easy fix then.

Disconnected the battery, left the car to stew. Fellow pulled up, handed me a fire extinguisher, I shot it at the dash, closed the doors again. We figure that might have helped keep the temperature down to “smoulder” instead of “burn”.

Fire department arrived around an hour later. Dumped a few hundred liters on the dashboard, making sure the smouldering is out. Car was a write-off anyway.


So now Tanya and I smell of smoke, and we need to go car-hunting again.

Moral of the story: make sure you have marshmallows in the boot.



3 Comments to “Accidents come in threes”

  1. Tanya’s Blog » Blog Archive » I want to wail… why me? — 2010-02-24 @ 21:13

    […] I stood and watched my car being drowned in water, the dashboard pulled apart and more drowning (see Wouter’s blog for pictures). […]

  2. Pieter — 2010-02-25 @ 09:00

    Doesn’t look like a write-off to me. Nothing that can’t be sorted out with a few rolls of duct tape and some chicken wire.

  3. Ambulance Driver — 2010-02-26 @ 04:29

    Spoke like a fellow redneck, Pieter!

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