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burst into flame(s)

To ignite suddenly and violently. The rug burst into flames as soon as the candle landed on it.
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burst into flame(s)

[for something] to catch fire and become a large fire quickly. As soon as the flame reached the curtains, the entire wall seemed to burst into flames. The two cars burst into flames soon after the collision.
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Two witnesses told investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board that they saw a small airplane carrying two Creswell women and two others make a sharp turn at a low altitude and clip a stand of trees along the Rogue River before crashing and bursting into flames, killing all four.
When the bus Ozeki is in flips over, she stops the vehicle from bursting into flames. This leads to her visiting Wild Com, a team of psychics whose cover is a pizza parlor.
TRAGIC SCENE: The bonnet of the car rests against a tree, near the wall it smashed through before bursting into flames - the driver was killed.
The Scandinavian Airlines System plane, an MD 87 with 104 passengers and six crew, hit the Cessna, swerved off the runway and ploughed into a baggage handling depot, bursting into flames.
The speeding car entered the crossing, where it crashed into the train, then was dragged for about 10 meters and caught between the platform of the station and the train before bursting into flames, police said.
The Airbus 310, with 146 passengers including Britons, came down in a rubber plantation after bursting into flames.