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Morning Look: FedEx Cars Go Up in Smoke

Your night was probably bad, but have a bit of perspective: some people's night was probably worse. Like, here's one scenario that would be worse: leaving work early, getting caught in eyebrow-tearing traffic, watching your team get smashed on its much-anticipated Monday Night football stage, watching your stadium fill up with towel-waiving infidels, watching them celebrate as you creep out, and then leaving all that behind and going back to the parking lot to drive to some random exurb for another day of work and finding a burnt, smoking, smelly shell of death-like metal where your car used to be.

And then trying to figure out how the hell you're getting back to Cumberland from Landover at 12:15 a.m. on a Monday night. And cursing the day you decided to go to this game instead of staying home and watching from your couch in your underwear with your car safely out in the drive and the Doritos Collisions within reach.

If you didn't hear, eight cars were heavily damaged in a parking lot fire last night. The cause was unclear, foul play was not suspected, and damages were estimated at $100,000.

"It was not immediately clear early this morning how owners reacted when they learned what happened," wrote my colleague Martin Weil, but one could probably guess. One would probably guess that they didn't rejoice.

"Man, that game was fishwrap. Bad challenges? QB under fire? Injured stars? Copious infidels? Sucka sucka. I just want to go home and....wait, where's the car. Didn't I park he....wait, what's the pile of dead metal over there. Wait, why is the earth under my feet still black and smoking. Wait....Um. Oh."

By the time I got to the scene, the flames were gone, and the trucks were trying to figure out how best to load these skeletons. "Burnt to a crisp," one bystander noted. The official people on hand said no one could comment about anything, But at least something Redskins related was on fire, right?

Many apologies to all who were affected, and if anyone has names or contact info for the affected, send 'em along.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 4, 2008; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Thanks for the pictures - I had heard about it. Man, that totally stinks for the owners.

Posted by: misschatter | November 4, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The article mentions that someone put a smoldering grill in the trunk of their car. Anyone want to guess whether alcohol was a part of the tailgating festivities? Clearly a nominee for the 2009 Darwin Awards and I want to see how you explain to the insurance company that this was really an accident and not arson.

Posted by: skipper7 | November 4, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Six pics and, oddly, I am wanting more.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 4, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

That sucks... but the premise of your piece is how much it would suck for a Skins fan to walk out and find that after watching the Skins lose.

Given the breakdown of the crowd, the odds are good that at least one of those was a Steeler fan's vehicle. So presumably for that putative fan, who just got to watch his or her team win in dominant fashion, the burnt car thing would have sucked a little tiny bit less.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 4, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I feel bad for those people who lost their cars like that. Did the Redskins offer any help for the night? Like a hotel room or a ride home with a team employee? For $40 to park, I'd sure hope they did something for the fans affected.

Posted by: dj1123 | November 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | November 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

1. The important thing is that Antwaan Randle-El is okay.

2. Statement from Eastern Motors coming in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I saw the flames from the upper deck and took a shotty picture of it. The flames were ridiculous... Most definitely some moron who put a hot grill in or under their vehicle. I feel for the cars around it that had nothing to do with that mistake.

LOL @ "Atleast Randle El is okay..."

Posted by: bzerante | November 4, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Daniel just found a new revenue stream.

Regular Parking: $40

Fireproof Parking: $75


Posted by: robin3mj1 | November 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Did any of those cars belong to Tony Kornheiser?

Posted by: MajorKong | November 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wait... estimated damages are $100,000? Isn't that an Escalade in the 4th and 5th pictures?

The adjuster was probably an irate Skins fan...

Posted by: The_Brown_Vice_President | November 4, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Foul play was not suspected? How about the idiots that were burning bags of garbage in the parking lots after the game and running/driving through them? You suppose one of those could have burned a car?

Posted by: gmorrison30 | November 4, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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