Early Sunday morning I woke up to what I thought were gun shots, but instead it was a car fire outside my apartment.

I woke up to a strange sound...a pop...then another. I peeked out my window and saw a car on fire in the parking lot of my apartment complex. The fire department was on the scene and had everything under control.

The "popping" sound that I heard was the tires blowing up. It was a sight to be seen, then I started to wonder 'how does a car catch on fire'? There wasn't an accident, it seemed that the car was simply pulling into the parking lot, how did this happen? According to www.quora.com...

"Car fires are frequently due to mechanical failure and are almost never the result of accidents (collisions). - An oil or (worse) a fuel leak cause the liquids to come into contact with areas of the vehicle which are hot enough to ignite

them."

I never thought of a car catching on fire, and if it happened to me, I would not know what to do. So I did a little research.

What To Do If Your Car Catches Fire...

If you smell something burning or see smoke coming from your hood, signal and pull safely to the side of the road. Don’t try to get to your destination first, just pull over.

Shut off the engine. This will stop the flow of fuel, which can prevent a full-blown fire from occurring. Get yourself and all passengers out of the car, and move to a safe place as far away from the car as possible, at least 150 feet away. Call 911. If you have one available, use a signal to let other drivers know your car is stopped on the side of the road.

Lets just hope none of us, have to deal with a care fire!