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Malibu's Dick Van Dyke Escapes Burning Jag on 101 Freeway

The actor's wife posts a video on the Vine, showing the damage. The comedian Tweets: "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!"

Patch file photo of Dick Van Dyke at the opening of the Malibu Library. Photo Credit: Jessica E. Davis
Patch file photo of Dick Van Dyke at the opening of the Malibu Library. Photo Credit: Jessica E. Davis
Actor Dick Van Dyke safely escaped from his burning four-door Jaguar Monday in Calabasas.

The Jaguar caught fire around 2 p.m. on the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway near Parkway Calabasas, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Leland Tang says the actor, who lives in Malibu, pulled over to the side of the freeway and got out of the car as it started to burn, and he was not injured.

The website TMZ reports that a passerby assisted the actor from the vehicle, and he was home safe. His wife posted a video on Vine, showing the burnt out Jaguar. Watch the video above.

Van Dyke is star of the classic comedy series "The Dick Van Dyke Show'' and films such as "Mary Poppins'' and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.''

The comedian Tweeted Monday night: "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!"

-City News Service contributed to this report.

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Marshall Thompson August 19, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Thank goodness Dick is OK. Just interviewed him at the Malibu Arts Festival, terrific guy.
Brian Anthony Del Piano August 20, 2013 at 04:15 AM
So happy to hear that Mr. Van Dyke got out unharmed.
Susan Tellem August 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Well you can thank the Lumberyard for this - he had to drive over the hill for a screwdriver!
Kelli August 20, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Thank heavens Mr. Van Dyke is okay!!
Max August 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Thank G-d you're OK!! We love you, Mr. Van Dyke.
Stuart Ebert August 20, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Volkswagens often burst into flames in that area. But a JAGUAR?
Daniel Frei August 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
He should have taken Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for a drive instead!
Scooter August 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
enough about this!!
Susan Tellem August 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Scooter has a new job with the Patch as the comment police.
Hans Laetz August 21, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Ah, Susan, you beat me to the punch line about screwdrivers. I was going to say underwear, tho.
Scooter August 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Susan....go get a strong martini

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