Ferrari Flambé Does $6 Million In Damage To Paris Garage

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A fire that started yesterday is raging in the underground garage of Paris's Ritz Hotel below the Place Vendome, allegedly caused by a Ferrari that burst into flames. The garage is typically full of exotic cars and damage could be well over $6 million once the fire is extinguished. Because, yes, the fire still isn't out yet.

All we can be sure of at this moment is the specific swanky parking lot in Paris was set ablaze due to a car catching fire earlier today and the structure is still, at this moment, sending thick black smoke into the sky.

As supercars tend to congregate in the garage and Ferraris are so well known for self-immolation we consider the information credible enough, for now.


The damage estimate comes from GTSpirit who say they put it together after multiple conversations with "insurance experts."

It's impossible to know without eyewitness accounts or photography exactly what cars were in the garage at the time, but the number isn't as extreme as it seems. Just two Bugatti Veyrons and you're more than halfway there, plus the Ferrari.

Anyone in Paris near the scene of the fire?

UPDATE: The fire is out, but not before damaging more than 30 cars.

Photo Credit: @AaronAyscough

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OK, so anyone remember years ago when the Ford Expeditions were catching on fire in people's garages because of a bad cruise control switch in the master cylinder? Remember the outrage that property was being destroyed and people could get hurt and so on and so forth? The general public demanded the head of Ford on a pike in the town square for such a travesty.

Fast forward 10 years and now Ferraris are destroying property and endangering people in the same way for a problem that Ferrari says is essentially "user error" and all we do is point and laugh because /richpeopleproblems ?

Why does Ferrari get a pass on cars busting in to flames in places like a Paris hotel likely full of guests and their possessions like, I dunno, cars that DON'T burst in to flames like Audis, Bugattis and Fords?

Where's that superhero Ralph Nader when you need him?