Fire Destroys BMW 

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

February 16, 2024

Tracey Burger took this photo of the flames engulfing the BMW sedan before the Morro Bay Fire Department arrived on scene.

A spectacular fire destroyed a BMW sedan driving north up Hwy 1 last week. No injuries were reported in the Wednesday, Feb. 7 blaze that was reported at about 8:30 a.m. and located just before the Morro Bay Boulevard exit.

The fire department said that the car was traveling on the northbound side of the divided highway when it caught fire. 

It was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived, and in photographs shared with Estero Bay News, a towering plume of thick black smoke rose high into the crisp morning air. Once firefighters hit the blaze with water, the black smoke turned white, signaling the extinguishing of the flames.

The fire closed one of the northbound lanes for a short time, the fire department said, while they mopped up the mess. No injuries were reported, except of course the car will never be the same.


Morro Bay Firefighters douse the flames with water, as one of the men uses a rescue saw to vent the Beemer’s hood. 
Photo courtesy MBFD

Thick white smoke obscures the view of fire engines and emergency personnel who responded to a spectacular car fire on Hwy 1 the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 7. Photo courtesy MBFD

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