Arlington Heights Car Fire with Two Air Bag Canister Explosions at Stonebridge Apartments Parking Lot


Arlington Heights Fire Department Engine 4 crew knocks down a car fire involving a Ford Taurus at Stonebridge Apartments rear parking lot.

Arlington Heights Fire Department fought a car fire Thursday afternoon about 1:40 p.m. in a rear parking lot at the Stonebridge Apartments in the 700 block of West Rand Road. Police were first to arrive on the scene to find a fully involved car fire in the driver/passenger compartment of a 1996 Ford Taurus. During leadout of the fire hose two explosions of air bag canisters occurred. One canister became a missile that was projected almost 50 feet directly to the rear of the car toward an apartment building.

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No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished within five minutes. The car’s horn was activated during the fire. Video shows the second air bag canister explosion.

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