Stolen car catches fire while in motion

A fire broke out at dawn Monday on a stolen car as it was moving along Ifikratous street in the Pangrati district of Athens.

Eyewitnesses said the car suddenly caught fire at 5:45 am and the driver abandoned it and fled.

The fire was distinguished a short while later by firefighters, who said that the fire had started from the dashboard and spread to the rest of the interior.

Firefighters also found two propane canisters inside the car, but they had not exploded.

Police said the car had been stolen a few days earlier from Argyroupolis.

The counter-terrorism squad was initially informed of the incident, due to the propane canisters, but the case was turned over to the Pangrati security police station.

Ifikratous street has been closed to traffic, and the car has been removed to the police forensics lab for examination.

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