Dramatic images of BMW burning on Gardiner Expressway

A BMW catches fire on the Gardiner Expressway, sending black plumes of smoke into the air and tying up traffic downtown.
A car caught fire in the eastbound lane of the Gardiner Expressway. (ajlarivee/Instagram)

A BMW caught fire on the Gardiner Expressway on Wednesday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air and tying up traffic downtown.

Those driving by on the Gardiner Expressway got a close-up look at the flames and smoke from the burning BMW. (Image courtesy of Sindy Nguyen)

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., a Toronto Fire spokesperson said that the vehicle was "fully involved."

Firefighters were first called to the scene on the eastbound Gardiner, just east of Dufferin Street, at about 12:10 p.m.

Sindy Nguyen snapped a picture of the fire as she passed the scene.

Approaching the scene, she wasn’t initially sure what was causing the dark clouds of smoke.

"It just got really, really intense," Nguyen told CBC News in a telephone interview.

On social media, users posted various images of the dark-coloured vehicle on fire, the black smoke billowing from the scene and the firefighters working to bring the fire under control.

There were also tweets from drivers about the effect the car fire was having on traffic:

Some photos were posted online after it appeared that the fire was under control.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Toronto police confirmed to CBC News that the fire was out.

A CBC viewer sent in this photo, which appeared to show the burned-out vehicle being loaded onto a flatbed truck. (Image courtesy of @ValMellark)

The right-hand lane remained closed, but police said it would reopen as soon as emergency crews had cleared the area.

Later Wednesday afternoon, a motorist took a picture of the burned-out BMW after it had been loaded onto a flatbed truck.

By the mid-afternoon, police reported that all lanes of the Gardiner that were affected by the fire had reopened.