Car Fire Destroys Toyota Corolla on East Northwest Highway Near Chicago Swim School, Arlington Heights

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Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:24 PM Monday to a car fire at 2012 East Northwest Highway Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a car was burning in the strip mall parking lot in front of the Chicago Swim School.

The driver heard a loud pop and then saw smoke coming out of her 2014 Toyota Corolla. Next flames were showing from under the hood and high winds fanned the fire. A witness reported the flames were about 20 feet or more in the air before the car fire was extinguished. The owner said there was no other warning that something was wrong, except the loud pop that was heard immediately before the fire started.

Arlington Heights firefighters on Engine 2 extinguished the fire and used a good amount of water to cool off the car after the fire was extinguished to prevent a rekindle. Operations required a connection to a hydrant.

Heavy black smoke came out of the car when the interior started burning. No injuries were reported.


Arlington Heights Fire Deparment sent an investigator to the scene of the fire near the border between Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect.

There is only one recall known for 2014 Toyota Corollas. The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recall involves Windshield Wiper/Washer Switch Wiring, which may short circuit. The short circuit could cause the wipers to fail, but is not listed as a fire risk, according to There are a total of 52 recalls for all models of Toyota Corollas. The 2009 model has a recall involving fire risk for a power window switch that can overheat.

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