Car bursts into flames as black smoke rises from the burning wreckage

Moment car spontaneously bursts into flames as plumes of black smoke rise from the burning wreckage

This is the moment a car spontaneously bursts into flames leaving witnesses stunned as black plumes of smoke rise from the burning wreckage.

Firefighters rushed to the quiet residential street in Clapham, south London, on Saturday night to tackle the flames spewing from the front of the grey BMW – which was just meters away from people’s homes.

The inferno was caught on video by a passerby, who said they were at a nearby off-licence when the car spontaneously went up in flames at around 7pm on Abbeville Road.

A car on Abbeville Road in Clapham Common spontaneously burst into flames this weekend

The London Fire Brigade attended the scene as the flames came from the front of the car, just metres from nearby houses

Parts of the engine and the front of the car appeared melted after the fire was extinguished

After firefighters extinguished the flames, they were seen prying open the boot with tools

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Photographs of the aftermath reveal the vehicle’s devastation, with parts of the engine and bonnet appearing to have melted.

Meanwhile, more footage shows London Fire Brigade prying open the boot with tools in a cordoned-off area after they extinguished the flames.

A probe is underway but the cause of the fire is currently unknown. 

Batteries in cars can catch fire after a vehicle has been involved in a collision or the battery has been damaged in some way – causing them to combust spontaneously.

Battery packs also occasionally catch fire through overheating and while being charged.

Motor fires can also be caused by a leak in the fuel tank, faulty wiring or an overheated engine.

MailOnline has contacted the London Fire Brigade for further comment. 

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