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Dick Van Dyke Escapes Burning Car Without Injury In Southern California

Wife Arlene Van Dyke Tweets, 'He's Fine Thank God!!'
(credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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CALABASAS, Calif. (CBSNewYork) — Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke escaped without injury after he was rescued from his burning sports car Monday in Southern California.

The California Highway Patrol Van Dyke was headed east on the Ventura Highway (101) in Calabasas, Calif., when his four-door Jaguar caught fire around 5 p.m. Eastern Time, CBSLA.com reported.

Two off-duty nurses assisted Van Dyke, and two eastbound lanes were closed for a short period of time, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Van Dyke’s wife, Arlene Van Dyke, tweeted a Vine clip of her husband speaking with California Highway Patrol officers, along with the text, “He’s fine thank God!!”

Van Dyke, 87, was born in West Plains, Mo., and grew up in the downstate Illinois town of Danville – but he still has a major indirect connection to the Tri-State Area.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which aired on CBS from 1961 until 1966, was set in Westchester County. His family home in the series was located at a fictional address on a real street – 148 Bonnie Meadow Rd. in New Rochelle.

“Dick Van Dyke Show” creator Carl Reiner had once lived on the real street, according to published reports.

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