SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: A show car — a 1969 Chevy Camaro — burned while it was transported in a transport trailer on Northwest Highway near Walnut Avenue Saturday afternoon.
Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:42 p.m. Saturday to a report of a trailer on fire at Northwest Highway and Walnut Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find a 1969 Chevy Camaro inside a trailer on fire. Within minutes of the arrival of firefighters, the fire was blowing out the back door of the trailer. The trailer was a long race car/show car transport trailer being hauled by a white Chevy Silverado.
A witness driving behind the trailer said that the owner noticed possible smoke, but thought it was road dust at first, somewhere between Vail Avenue and Walnut/Ridge Avenue on westbound Northwest Highway. When the driver smelled smoke, he stopped and saw heavier white smoke coming out of the trailer. The back door of the trailer was open when firefighters arrived. The vehicle became fully-involved with flames as firefighters connected to the hydrant and charged the line. The fire was extinguished within about five minutes.
No injuries were reported.
The Chevy Camaro was being transported home to Palatine after it was on display at the Maine East High School Charity Car Show
The incident marks the second vintage Chevy Camaro destroyed in the northwest suburbs. On Sunday, July 15, 2012 a driver left the roadway while driving a 1967 Chevy Camaro, hit a boulder and a tree and rolled the vehicle over (The Cardinal Driver Destroys 1967 Chevy Camaro SS in Rollover Injury Crash on Estes Ave, Elk Grove Village)
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