It's always tragic when we have to report on one of our favorite cars burning to the ground, but this DeLorean fire is the saddest one I've seen in a good while. What the hell happened here?

This photo of the melty DeLorean comes to us from a fire department in Hazleton, Pennsylvania who say it happened on Interstate 81 Friday morning. The Standard-Speaker offered few other clues, except to say that mechanical issues caused a fire in the engine compartment. Luckily, the driver and passenger were not injured.

Alternate theory: this car was one of Doc Brown's early working prototypes, and when he attempted a time travel experiment it landed in 2013 and promptly burst into flames.

Or, you know, it was just an engine fire.


Hat tip to Guyspeed!