News24

Tossed cigarette sets bakkie alight

2012-06-16 22:12

Johannesburg - A bakkie caught alight on the N12 outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Saturday after another motorist threw a burning cigarette out of his car, paramedics said.

The cigarette landed on the bakkie's grill, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

"The driver noticed smoke coming from the bonnet of his vehicle and quickly pulled over.Within minutes of pulling over the vehicle caught alight."

The three occupants in the bakkie managed to alight without any injury.

Firefighters later extinguished the fire.

The motorist who threw the cigarette out did not stop.

Comments
  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-06-16 22:21

    why people smoke!disgusting thing

      fanus.kriel - 2012-06-17 09:21

      Vat n sigaret wat aangesteek is en gooi hom in n poeding-bakkie vol petrol, (weddenskap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) EK GEE JOU N MILJOEN RAND AS DIE BAKKIE-PETROL VLAMVAT, MAAR as hy nie vlamvat nie dan MOET jy begin rook !!

      fanus.kriel - 2012-06-17 10:02

      Insurance scam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He want a new bakkie because nobody wanted to buy the 'now burnout bakkie' ,,,,

      ettienne.pel - 2012-06-17 10:10

      @ Fanus. There is a difference between PLACING a cigarette in a holder with petrol and oxygen making the cigarette burn faster, if that would be the correct term. Clearly you missed the scientific theories about combustion. The wind is obviously adding more oxygen to the cigarette causing the heat to be more vigorous and just getting to the right place within the engine could very possibly cause it to ignite a combustive source. Ever wondered why houses burn when electrical wires short? HEAT is a form of combustion. It would be good if anyone who KNOWS more about this could post their comment as I certainly only know a little.

      fanus.kriel - 2012-06-17 10:42

      @ ettiene, ek waardeer die kritiek baie ! Plaas dan n groot fan by die bakkie petrol as jy wil = AS dit vlam vat sou dit in die rigting van die wind gebrand het. Die bestuurder sou n 'brand' smeuling eerste geruik het VOOR hy rook begin sien het ! SCAM SCAM assuransie gaan NIE uitbetaal nie/BAIE SWAAR SLUK ! Net jammer hulle se nie watter tipe bakkie dit is nie en hoe oud is hy nie en ras(goed bedoel) van bestuurder nie.

      ettienne.pel - 2012-06-17 10:51

      @ Fanus. Lees weer mooi my boodskap. Duidelik het jy nie die antwoorde nie. Ek se mos, as daar IEMAND is wat WEL WEET, help ons met die waarheid, of daar moontlikheid is al dan nie.

      fanus.kriel - 2012-06-17 10:58

      Geniet die Sondag ! en VREDE :-)

  • grant.hide - 2012-06-17 00:36

    I know my way around an engine, I can throw a cig in there blind folded, it wont catch alight. Allmost everything in there is flame resistant for obviaaaas reasons. I dont believe if it got onto the grill it would catch alight either, sounds fishy to me. Ashtrays should be manditory to pass road worthy. They are handy for other things too, reciepts, loose change. win win.

      leon.groenewald.9 - 2012-06-17 03:44

      I agree, if you believe this report, I have a nice tower I want to sell you in Paris!

      Peter - 2012-06-17 07:09

      Maybe there is petrol in the radiator instead of water. This sounds like a "cash sale" to me......if you get my drift.

      grant.hide - 2012-06-17 10:27

      Did anyof you guys or girls, remember that top cops tv series in the 90's? I remember this one episode, they stop for this car that has a small fire, to find he had run out of space in the boot and back seat. So this genius put his lp gas cylinders in the engine bay.

      Bruce - 2012-06-17 13:32

      Manditory ashtrays still won't make people use them. They would then have to empty them from time to time!

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-17 00:45

    This is the funniest story ever, you just made my night thanks

  • Jesse Palmer - 2012-06-17 01:01

    And my stupid ex thought I was paranoid when I kept advising her against throwing her cig out the car window when she's done, or even just dipping the ash out the window. You never know what could happen. Plus this is how veld fires start sometimes. That's why they put ashtrays in these things!

      Boer - 2012-06-17 03:22

      Hay Jesse in Amerika fabriseer hulle nie meer karre met asbakkies in nie. Rook in n kar nee wat.

  • shalomkatekani - 2012-06-17 03:39

    xem man dats sad.

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-06-17 04:54

    I reckon the insurance company should look for smoke of a different kind on this one.

  • JohnDough - 2012-06-17 05:33

    What a lot on nonsense. I sincerely doubt that a stompie could have done this. In most cases one needs a flame to set anything alight in the engine bay of a vehicle.

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-06-17 05:43

    Does the victim have a name? And why is the guy who torched the bakkie, not being sought by the SAPS?

      keith.staniford - 2012-06-17 08:21

      because it's a Bu.....t story!

  • Theo Gräbe - 2012-06-17 06:09

    this cant be true,..

  • Lebo.Jeed.Tshepi - 2012-06-17 06:12

    Smokers just don't care and thats irritating.

      Earl O Tool - 2012-06-17 07:12

      your statement is more irritating

  • nero.moodley.7 - 2012-06-17 06:14

    Load of Bollocks!

  • roy.abbott - 2012-06-17 06:18

    a good story for the insurnce company..very unlikey to happen..what caught alight first the fan, then the radiator, the tappet cover?..

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-17 07:09

    There is no way that this could happen !!!

  • jacqy.marx - 2012-06-17 07:13

    What a load of bull sh@t!!!!

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-06-17 07:24

    Maybe we should now promote Arrive alive,\r\nDon't drink and drive.\r\nAnd also Don't smoke and drive....\r\n\r\nI'm not sure to agree to disagree with this myth... Haha haah....

  • Earl O Tool - 2012-06-17 07:27

    what kind of bakkie was this. diesel or petrol. also how was this bakkies engine rigged, did the person put fuel in the radiator or was this radiator made of wood.. what an unbelievable story.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-17 07:33

    The fire lighters was also next to the radiator.Uuurm or was it at the back?Scoro scoro bakkie if u asked me?

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-17 07:55

    Sounds like an insurance claim for a clapped out Bakkie to me.

  • Herman - 2012-06-17 08:16

    Is so disgusting and inconsiderate when people throw the finished cigarette out the car window.

      Michelle - 2012-06-17 08:40

      I agree with you. I'm not an expert so I can't say if it set the bakkie alight but what I do know is that it pollutes the environment and it can cause veld fires. People like that should put ashtrays in their cars or something.

      jacky.wrighton - 2012-06-17 13:59

      if the anti-smoking fascists hadn't insisted on removing the ashtrays in cars, perhaps less people would be tossing cigarettes, sweet papers, chewing gum and other crap out the windows. Then again, most people in this country couldn't give a stuff about littering or the envisonment anyway...

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-17 08:25

    Why was my previous comment removed? Probably because I pointed out - 'The three occupants in the bakkie managed to alight without any injury.' WTF??

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-06-17 08:35

    ER 24. Please stop giving your opinions as to the cause of fires and accidents. That job is for the people who have been trained in that field. A cigarette setting fire to the grill of a vehicle... LMFAO

  • ianingwe - 2012-06-17 08:56

    It is winter and the grass will have dried out. Those who work in the land and use tracks or drive off road fit screens to their grills to stop the grass seeds from clogging the radiator. If this bakie was fitted with a screen that had not been clean for a while such a fire is very likely!

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-06-17 09:49

    A likely coincidence. One day, my car parked in the sun, someone came to tell me my car is smoking. I went to car and TRULY there smoke is coming from engine area. AN OLD OILY RAG WERE SMOLDERING DUE TO SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. Beware for this do happens.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-17 09:57

    Baaa humbug. What a load of hog wash. Had a good laugh at some of the comments though.

  • ettienne.pel - 2012-06-17 10:51

    @ Fanus. Lees weer mooi my boodskap. Duidelik het jy nie die antwoorde nie. Ek se mos, as daar IEMAND is wat WEL WEET, help ons met die waarheid, of daar moontlikheid is al dan nie.

  • snylo - 2012-06-17 10:52

    Clearly this bakkie was one of those commonly unroadworthy vehicles that spew out oil and leak petrol, as any roadworthy car with a clean, safe engine, would not catch alight so simply! Unless of course this 'grill' was choked up with leaves etc. Anyway, none of this adds up, He noticed smoke coming from his bonnet and stopped, it then caught alight... did he actually see the cigarette lodged in the grill or is he assuming that's what set it alight?? My guess is that fire was never caused by that cigarette but by negligence and poor maintenance of the bakkie by that owner!

      snylo - 2012-06-17 10:58

      Another valid point i just noticed by another reader.. Was the bakkie a petrol or diesel bakkie?? If it was in fact a diesel engine, the chances are almost ZERo that the cigarette would have ignited that engine!! All diesel fuel lines are metal and diesel does not just ignite like petrol does!

  • kaMazibuko - 2012-06-17 10:55

    how nice for this story to surface on june 16 :-) lol someone share this story with the ANCYL....no need to match, just burn their bakkies

  • Will - 2012-06-17 11:11

    No wonder the author of this article didn't add his\\her name. What a load of trash !

  • roger.wardsmith - 2012-06-17 13:13

    What load of Cr#p - As an Insurance Assessor with 40 years experience in this field, I have never seen or heard of such an incident as described by the so called " Expert " ER24 spokesperson. The SA Motor Insurance data base ( Including SAPS data base ) does not contain a single incident of this nature.

  • Alex - 2012-06-17 19:18

    dont believe it. bakkie was probably overheating already and the rubbish/leaves on radiator caught light.

  • Alex - 2012-06-17 19:21

    An investigation for "The Mythbusters"? Must be the first in 100 plus years of motoring. that "coal" on the cigarette would have broken off and died.

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