Parked BMW Catches Fire And Sets House Ablaze In North Carolina

A stationary BMW burst into flames and destroyed a house in Wesley Chapel, North Carolina.

WSOCTV reports that Union County fire officials quickly determined that the BMW was the cause of the inferno. According to the officials, the car caught fire despite being turned off and parked in the garage of the property.

Fire Marshal Kevin Rigoli siad that the homeowner opened the garage door to take the car out and run some errands. However, upon opening the garage, she encountered powerful flames that were wreaking havoc on the BMW (the model was not disclosed).

By the time local firefighters could arrive on scene to battle the flames, much of the house was on fire. It took roughly 80,000 gallons of water before it was extinguished.

This isn’t the first time a BMW has been discovered to spontaneously combust. In fact, an ABC investigation last year found more than 40 cases of BMWs catching fire in the U.S. in the last five years.

In November 2017, the German automaker announced that it would recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States due to fire risks. The affected vehicles are 3-Series, 5-Series, X5s, X3s and Z3s built between 2006 and 2011, and either have wiring in the air conditioning system which can overheat or may suffer a short circuit of the positive crankcase ventilation valve which could cause the PCV to melt and catch fire.

Fire investigators say they will know if the BMW in question was involved in this recall by Monday.



    I’m your car; a beautiful and luxurious piece of machinery crafted from decades of experience and flawless German innovation. Commanding respect and exuding quality that lesser vehicles can only dream of. But one wrong spark and bam! I go up like the Hindenburg and take your entire house with me. And if you have the wrong insurance, you could end up paying out of pocket for this yourself. So get Allstate and be better protected from mayhem like me.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Germany itself is going up like the Hidenburg these days.

    • Bash

      or simply get a Toyota.

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        A Toyota? They aren’t any better. 11,800 examples of the 2018 Toyota Camry had to be recalled because the fuel pipes and hoses in the engine bay may not have been connected properly.

        • Autoexperte

          and BMW didn’t recall it and a bimmer destroys a house

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            Do you have evidence that the BMW fire mentioned in the article was specifically caused by a known fault? Nope. Thought not. That’s what most people call libel.

          • Autoexperte

            Yes, I read the article

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            No, clearly you didn’t. Fire investigators say they will know if the BMW in question was involved in this recall by Monday. Unless you’ve read the fire report, you have no idea as it isn’t mention in the article!

        • Bash

          True that.

      • TheBelltower

        Or simply get a car that doesn’t require 150lbs of fuel to be ignited in order to drive it.

        • LWOAP

          Not every wants an EV.

          • TheBelltower

            I’ll bet this guy wishes he had one.

        • Bash

          Nah.. I’ll stick to the nICE cars for the time being. 😉

        • Althea Later

          Have you ever seen an electric car burning? It’s like an apocalypse once the battery gets going!!!

          • TheBelltower

            Sure. The difference is, unlike an ICE vehicle, an EV doesn’t require the ignition of the battery to make it move. That’s why it’s common that ICE vehicles go up in flames randomly. That’s also why I keep fire extinguishers in my old cars. You only see EV’s go up in flames when they are in catastrophic accidents.

  • pcurve

    That’s over $300 in water bill alone… anyway, wish they’d asked what model it was.

  • Ary Wisesa


    Last year VW made huge scandal with their diesel gate.

    Now BMW created a huge concern with their ignition device.

    So much for the legendary German quality.

    • fgclolz

      LOL, it’s not the ignition device, it’s the “wiring in the air conditioning system which can overheat or may suffer a short circuit of the positive crankcase ventilation valve which could cause the PCV to melt and catch fire.” from above. I got a recall letter from BMW a while back but when I checked with them when the remedy will arrive, the guy at the desk told me I have to schedule an appointment and have them find out what kind of wiring my car needs. It’s ridiculous!

      • Ary Wisesa

        I refer to the car itself. If it can spark fire by itself, then for sure it is an ignition device. The whole car. LOL…. ?

    • ME

      And what about the poor state of Germany being sacked by rappist migrants.

      • Ary Wisesa

        I dont see it’s relevant. The article and my comment talk about German quality. Unless the immigrants caused the deteriority of that “legendary” German quality, then perhaps it will be relevant.

        • ME

          Please, no Soy Boy syndrome.

          • Ary Wisesa

            Ah.. For that, I agree with you! The problem is not only in Germany. Japan could also suffer the same fate since their youngsters tend to be not married and avoid having child, because raising child can be very expensive there. ?

          • Moveon Libtards

            But at least Japan protects its borders from nasty people and still delivers a SAFE and terrorist free country.

            But thanks for admitting Germany sucks now.

          • Moveon Libtards


            Yup, and we know all to well how those immigrants do in their own home countries regarding quality. Instead of jumping borders, they should spend the time and effort fixing their countries. But maybe that is too logical for them.

          • b_digital

            Go F yourself racist

          • ME

            You don’t have an argument and so I AM A RACIST. What does that make you some liberal soyboy?

          • ME

            Racist, you’re another joke will you over the top labeling-stigma strategy.

        • Moveon Libtards

          Ok, I can simplify his comment better for you…

          Germany sucks!

        • ME

          I am not paying money to support sub beings.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Absolutely. Germany has becoming the laughing stock of the world. A scary laughing stock.

    • Autoexperte

      legends becomes myths

      • Ary Wisesa

        And most of the myths are not true… ?

  • Moveon Libtards
  • Harry Nimmergut

    Seeing that this occurred nearby, and knowing the area, I’d venture a guess that it was either a 5-series or an X5. As you can see by the pic, it’s kind of a hoity-toity area. Hence, my conclusion.

  • izzey04

    i’ve owned 3 BMWs and never hv fire issues…

    • Bash

      I hope by this statement, you are not asking for it.

      • izzey04

        Please no….

  • Infinite1

    BMWs been having this spontaneous fire issues on their vehicle over the last several years with different generations and models. This is just another one added to the mix

  • Richard Alexander

    Looks like BMW is serious about taking on Tesla….

    • David Martin

      Now that’s funny.
      sez a Tesla owner.

  • DanSemering

    This is nothing new …. I guess that the house burn too

  • Althea Later

    There’s something to be said for having a detached garage, with a breezeway connecting it to the house.

  • neighborhoodmole

    VW bugs used to spontaneously combust while driving. This was often caused by the fuel line coming loose or cracking, which caused gasoline to drip on the hot engine. The occupants usually got out in time, but it was a sad sight driving by and seeing them watch their car in flames.

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