Thank you for the thoughts and kind words.
I usually do have a fire extinguisher, but I took it out when cleaning out the storage compartments last weekend. My mistake - forgot to put it back in. Thankfully Sears had a bunch of chemical extinguishers handy at the will call door. They popped 5 of them I think.
I don't think replacement will be an option. But then again, I haven't looked at it yet in the day light. Under the beam of a flashlight, it appears to be repairable, only the wiring harnesses and sensors and all the rubber/plastic stuff on the left bank of the engine bay. Haven't gotten through to the insurance adjuster yet, will be trying again as sson as I post this. However, the interior has that wonderful barbequed rubber smell, not sure if that smell will ever go away.
OK, time to call my agent, then back to work.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.