Saturday, February 3, 2018

Car explodes in Bengaluru; woman, son charred to death

There are cases of cars catching fire. But this one in Bengaluru yesterday evening, was quite tragic.

A 30-year-old woman, who went out with her 4-year-old son, in her car, returns to her apartment. Parks her car their basement slot. The security guards hear an explosion. They rush to the place from where they heard the noise, and find that a car is in flames. They quickly call the fire tenders, who reach within 10 minutes. But the damage had been done by then. After the flames were doused, they find the body of the woman and boy. The boy's father was at work.

There is nothing more known about this incident. Forensic team is investigating.

Coincidentally, near Coimbatore, yesterday, there was a similar incident. It was right in the middle of the road, at a junction. Passersby noticed fire coming from the engine in the rear of the car. The two occupants got out in time.

A web search will show you many cases of cars catching fire, in many places around the world. Mostly mechanical issues are the reason.

I sometimes think how risky it is to travel in a car with its windows all rolled up. If there is some accident like a fire, and the door locks get jammed, there is no way of getting out. If the windows are rolled down, even if the doors don't open, one can at least jump out through the window.

It's high time, the car manufacturers came up with some mechanism to alert passengers of such dangerous eventualities, so that tragedies like the one we saw at the basement of a Bengaluru apartment are avoided.


  1. I fully agree with you. There must be some kind of early warning system to alert the driver, it would be interesting to see if these accidents are from the same manufacturer.

    1. I am not sure what the make of this car was, and if cars of one particular make is vulnerable.