Car catches fire in Roslindale, sends flames spilling down the street

Burning car and street in Roslindale

Around 1:30 a.m., Jay Kraft was awoken by a burning car sending flames down Washington Street near Albano Street.

David Rajfer watched firefighters put out fire along spilled gasoline down the street:

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The car didn’t just get back from 1985?

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Should they let the gas just burn?

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I wonder why they actively put out the burning gas, rather than just letting it burn off? (I'm not being critical, that's just what I thought they would have done.)