A new 2014 Mercedes S-Class sedan, which was only two weeks fresh from the Mercedes-Benz dealership, reportedly caught fire along one of the streets of Southern Deutschland. Citing a Merkur article, Carscoops claimed that the flames started in the engine compartment of the car.
The photo provided by the primary source showed that the fire consumed and created a gaping hole in the hood of the car. The part of the hood that was missing looked like it fused with the strut brace, which broke when the hood’s lid was forcibly lifted by emergency crews. The fire also seemed to reached the air springs of the car, which caused it to sag in front.
There was no word yet about the findings of the authorities as to what may have started the fire, but it was said to be spontaneous. The engine model was not disclosed too. However, based on the charred plastic remains of the engine’s casing, it is possibly a six-cylinder variant, likely an S350 capable of giving off as much as 258 hp.
As for the occupants of the car, the report said that they were a retired couple. Fortunately, the driver and the passenger got out of the car unharmed, and the driver was even able to pull the car over the side of the road before getting out of it.
Before the emergency crews reached the scene, the couple was helped by bystanders as well as employees of nearby business establishments to extinguish the fire.
Check out the photos of the event here, which were provided by Merkur: