35 ZAZ Fire

ZAZ Fire

Posted on September 10, 2009 by


Russian fire in Ukraine ZAZ factory

ZAZ was one of the biggest car manufacturers of Soviet Russia producing small Zaporozhets cars. It was coupe and some say inspired by Ferdinand Porsche design.

These days it's on Ukraine and produces some other cars. And it got fire today in the section where the new cars get painted. Looks like this car paint burns well.


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35 Responses to “ZAZ Fire”

  1. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Sad. Just what the economy needs – another kick in the pants!

  2. Ulia Timoshenko says:

    Yuschenko fault

  3. Mr. Rabinovich says:

    My Jewish nose can not take this awful smell.

  4. Kirov says:

    Factory will probably remain closed now – cheaper for oligarch owner, that is pocketing insurance money and / or governmental support. Spending it on Bahamas, not on new factory buildings. People will have no job any more. Have to sell vegetables and potatoes on street or become prostutes to make ends meat. Russia in decline. 9 % have no job.

  5. Kullikeisari says:

    WOW. There’s smoke!

  6. I wonder how long this one took to put out?

  7. mallinukke says:

    The solvents probably used here burn well indeed (and are harmful to the environment). That’s why the usage in the european union is well liked anymore.

  8. Rodriguez says:

    i wish it was a Lada factory. :((((

  9. Nafets says:

    mmmm, more toxic gases to destroy our world…

  10. tomer says:

    Zaporozec was a copy of fiat 500, not any porsche :P And it’s not a coupe

  11. Jim-Bob says:

    Well, no. The Zaporozhetz 965 was NOT a copy of the Fiat 500.It was a stylistic cousin to the Fiat 600, but not the Cinq. The MEMZ engines however, were a purely Soviet design as they were in a V configuration which helped with servicing in the cold, Russian winter. The later ZAZ 968 borrowed some of it’s styling from the NSU Prinz, which itself is admittedly a copy of the 1960 Chevrolet Corvair. All of these cars were air cooled, but they all used engine designs unique to their respective makers. I believe the Fiats may have been 2 cylinder like a 2CV, but the Corvair was a flat 6 like a Porsche 911, and the NSU was a flat 4 (IIRC). NSU is probably better known as the first manufacturer to build a Wankel Rotary powered production car: The NSU Sport Prinz. They developed the engine jointly with Hiroshima Japan-based Mazda which introduced the engine in the Cosmo shortly thereafter. However, it was Mazda, and not NSU that perfected the Apex seals and made it possible. So, as you can see, cars are not developed in a vacuum, and some sharing of ideas and technology is inevitable. As for Volkswagen, they stole their designs from Tatra’s Hanz Ledwinka after the invasion of Czechoslovakia, but that’s another story…

  12. Taupey says:

    blah, blah, blah…I am so exhausted from reading all that. I just come here to look at the dark bellowing clouds caused from the fire. That is one wicked ass fire!

  13. Proof says:

    You should say in Ukraine and not on Ukraine. Cheers.

  14. Iryna says:

    I would like to point out that the Saporoshez/Zaporoshetz cars were never built in Soviet Russia but always in Soviet Ukraine! Zaporishshya (in russian: Saporoshje) had always been a city in Ukraine and a focus and stronghold of Ukrainian (Cosaks) independence since centuries.

  15. Iryna says:

    I would like to point out that the Saporoshez/Zaporoshetz cars were built in Soviet Ukraine not in Soviet Russia! The city of Zaporishshya (in Russian: Saporoshje) where they were built and are being built till today has always been an Ukrainian city! Zaporishshya were founded centuries ago by Cossaks as a focus and stronghold of Ukrainian independence!

  16. rajshree says:

    very interesting n creative…..liked it!!

  17. Andy S says:

    I look at a webcam in Zaporozhye every morning from the US to see that’s new there and I saw billowing smoke coming from behind the government building. I think this was it! How interesting! I’ve driven by this plant a few times. The factories are so impressive and huge!

  18. This was one spectacular fire if there ever was one!!
    But real sad to see that there was loads of money lost and think of the effort which it’ll take for the factory to be ready once more!
    Thanks for putting up the pix.

  19. Hi great pictures and great post . its a good collection of photos . All of these cars were air cooled, but they all used engine designs unique to their respective makers . keep posting dude .

  20. mazda sydney says:

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  22. legitimitet says:

    Pray for the Green peace……. Great job in bringing this pictures to the world . This is a really good article. I really enjoyed reading it. I gained a lot of information reading your article. I really loved it and I am very impressed with your work. Please keep up the good work. I am eagerly waiting for more of your articles.

  23. These pictures are so horrifying. The paint they are using is so flammable. If these cars undergo an accident then the paint will cause the car to burn even faster. You did a great job in bringing out these pictures. Well done.

  24. This looks more like a boom blast, than an accidental fire. People, this will surly cause a BIG HOLE in our ozone layer. Were there any causality’s?

  25. medix store says:

    HIIIII………….. good information …Some places must be aware of fire accident and there must be fire protection team in a place where t fire accidents may occurs …..

  26. The condition over there in the picture at that situation is really dangerous …. it will be a tough time to the people who are effected of that accident .

  27. SexyBoots says:

    Hi This looks like a major disaster. I bet it took more than a week to put out the fire. Have there been any casualties? This looks so horrible.

  28. The solvents probably used here burn well indeed (and are harmful to the environment). That’s why the usage in the european union is well liked anymore.

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  33. buy jeans says:

    i would like to see a burned down zaporojets

  34. nightkraawler says:

    I heard it was some sort of organized crime syndicate involved in the car industry there …or maybe it was elsewhere in russia.. but the same people killed many journaliststs that tried to expose it.

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