A new BMW sports utility vehicle caught fire and exploded at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 1st, in the parking garage of the Monte Carlo Apartments, 13970 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, according to a spokesman for County Fire Station #110 in Marina del Rey.

The fire appeared to have started in the dashboard electrical system and spread throughout the inside of the vehicle. The steering wheel and dashboard were melted, the front seats burned and the glass windows blown out, according to the spokesman.

Thick, black, acrid smoke reportedly filled the parking structure and apartment building hallways.

Firefighters were told the vehicle had been parked for approximately 15 minutes before catching fire.

There were no reported injuries to tenants or firefighters.

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