Stolen Car Found Ablaze On Lakeview Side Street

A car, stolen on Chicago’s West Side two days ago, was found burning on a Lakeview side street early Tuesday. The blaze was captured on video that later found its way online. It has since been removed by the man who filmed the scene.

Fire personnel responded to the 900 block of West Oakdale around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after a passer-by saw the car fully engulfed in flames with the driver’s side door open. The vehicle appeared to be parked curbside with a good coating of snow on its rear windshield. The cause of the fire is not known, but the flames appeared to be concentrated in the vehicle’s interior.

At least one other car parked near the burning vehicle was damaged by the flames, police said.

The 2010 Chevy four-door had been reported stolen from the 3900 block of West Van Buren in the Garfield Park neighborhood on Sunday.

Setting stolen cars on fire is an old school technique that has been used to destroy evidence that could lead cops back to the thieves. However, police have not yet classified this fire as arson.

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