Wheeling, IL police and firefighters were called to a parking lot at McHenry Road and Denoyer Trail Thursday night (11/22/18) for a car fire with reported entrapment. Police found one car that crashed into a tree in the parking lot of a small shopping center. There was fire in the engine compartment and an occupant had been pulled to safety by bystanders. Firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire and transport the patient to an area hospital.
I was leaving Activa Arena August 14 at 22:00 and had just turned my radio on when I heard Kitchener dispatch calling P1. They advised the crew that they had a second call confirming a fully involved car fire at the Peter Hallman ball yard parking lot. The ball field is right across the street from the arena. The entrance to the parking lot is half a block from where I was. I arrived a couple of minutes ahead of the pumper. I confirmed with dispatch the car was fully involved and there were no exposures. There were a number of explosions from the tires, air bags and struts letting go so I stayed well back. The video is a little grainy due to the distance I stood from the fire. Note the strut exploding caught the firefighters attention just as he was getting ready to attack the fire. Also appeared to possibly be magnesium or some other reaction a little later in the video when the inside of the Dodge Journey lights up very white.