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LA firefighters show why they wear protective gear as they extinguish stubborn 170 Freeway car fire

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a stubborn car fire Wednesday afternoon on the 170 Freeway, providing a demonstration of how important it is to wear the right gear around gasoline-fueled flames.

Firefighters responded to the scene of a burning Hyundai Sonata on the northbound 170 Freeway just north of Sherman Way.

The driver, who was not injured, told firefighters that he had just filled the Hyundai’s gas tank, which ruptured while the firefight was underway, sending flames soaring over the freeway, said a photographer on the scene.

  • Firefighters are on scene Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the northbound 170 Freeway north of Sherman Way where this Hyundai Sonata sedan caught fire. The full gas tank ruptured, and firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

  • A firefighters from the LAFD’s Station 89 in North Hollywood is protected from flames by his turn-out gear Wednesday, May 15, 2019, as he works on a burning Hyundai Sonata sedan on the northbound 170 Freeway just north of Sherman Way. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

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  • A firefighters from the LAFD’s Station 89 in North Hollywood waits for the water to begin flowing through his hose line Wednesday, May 15, 2019, before working on a burning Hyundai Sonata sedan on the northbound 170 Freeway just north of Sherman Way. The driver said he had just filled the gas tank before the car caught fire. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

  • A firefighters from the LAFD’s Station 89 in North Hollywood is protected from flames by his turn-out gear Wednesday, May 15, 2019, as he works on a burning Hyundai Sonata sedan on the northbound 170 Freeway just north of Sherman Way. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

It took the LAFD about 20 minutes to extinguish the blazing sedan, and the flames can be seen enveloping one of the firefighters’ turn-out gear, which along with his helmet and mask protected him from harm in the fire.

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