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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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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.
Summary: A Russian passenger jet has crashed after bursting into flames leaving 44 dead after its high-intensity lights failed to function.
Station officer John Kemp, from the Solihull station which attended the accident, said instances of cars bursting into flames on impact were rare.
The van careened over the side of the southbound Glendale Freeway transition road, struck several trees, turned upside down and landed on its tires before bursting into flames, Officer Richard Perez said.