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Porsche Catches On Fire At New York International Auto Show

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Every spring, hundreds of the hottest cars roll into the massive Jacob Javits Center for the annual New York International Auto Show.

However, this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "hot wheels."

The New York Daily News is reporting that a Porsche burst into flames during the ongoing Auto Show on Thursday, with an Instagram video being captured as proof of the incident. What was the root of the cause behind the fire? Apparently, an electrical issue.

Employees of the convention center used fire extinguishers to put out the fire.

"It was a silver Porsche. It had some engine trouble and maybe a fuel leak," one Javits Center employee, who spoke under anonymity, told the Daily News. "It stalled out. He tried to start it again and boom."

 

Spokesperson for the Nyias Chris Sams additionally told the New York City tabloid that the silver Porsche 911 experienced an electrical fire as it was being driven up into the Special Events Hall of the Javits Center, where it was scheduled to be part of a special DUB show for customized vehicles.

Sams added that this wasn't just any Porsche 911, as this particular model was customized with several modifications in an attempt to make it clear that the engulfed-in-flames vehicle wasn't part of the automaker's showcase at the annual Nyias.

"Workers used fire extinguishers to put out the fire within seconds. Protocol was followed," he said. "It happened in a contained area."

That being said, a fire involving a vehicle at an auto show isn't exactly a glowing image that Nyais wants out there. According to the Daily News, a freelance automotive photographer was even asked to leave by Javits Center security for filming the engulfed Porsche.

Still, that didn't stop the aforementioned Instagram video from getting out.

The DUB show featured about 50 customized vehicles, each touting its own unique modifications and ranging from sports cars to motorcycles and even monster trucks. Too bad the famed Porsche 911 had to take the hit. Sometimes, there are just too many modifications for even a revved-up sports car to handle.

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