Taken from another forum:
For those who don't know, I work in a Police radio room. At work the other night I took a call from the Firies about a vehicle fire in a suburb of Newcastle. Ambos also called as the driver was suffering burns. Police get on scene and finally get the full story, which I think is worthy of a nomination in the Darwin awards.
The plonker who owns the car got a red defect label last week as the car is seriously unroadworthy. Gets the vehicle towed home where it sits for a while before he succumbs to temptation and starts driving it again. Only problem is that whilst it has been sitting there it has somehow managed to get water in the fuel tank. Einstein's solution is to disconnect the fuel lines from the tank and run them to a jerry can which he sits IN THE FOOTWELL BEHIND THE DRIVER'S SEAT!
He then drives off and picks up his mate and they drive around for a while before noticing that the jerry can has fallen over and fuel has leaked under the driver's seat. They stop, fix the jerry can up, then ol' mate decides to make a call on his mobile and - wait for it - HAVE A SMOKE WHILST SITTING IN THE CAR!!
Up she goes!!! Result? Burns to legs, chest, GENITALS, hands and airway. His mate in the passenger seat had minor burns to his legs. Driver gets a chopper ride to Royal North Shore for treatment and skin grafts.