- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Witnesses say a New York City yellow cab burst into flames on a hot day, leaving the cab driver to call 911 and run away.

The New York Post reports (https://nyp.st/2rSPZd4 ) the minivan caught fire early Monday afternoon in midtown Manhattan. Witness Osama Alatif says the driver rushed out of the vehicle once it caught fire.

The driver then called 911 and ran away - abandoning the vehicle before firefighters arrived.

Onlooker Hasan Chy says within 10 minutes half of the van was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within 30 minutes. The vehicle was burnt beyond recognition - only a yellow bumper reminded onlookers that the burnt wreck was once a cab.

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