A car burst into flames in NSW on Wednesday, bringing school drop-off traffic to a halt.
While it has not been confirmed what caused the blaze, firefighters found the remains of a rat's nest under the bonnet.
Fire and Rescue from Moss Vale, near Kangaroo Valley, posted images of the severely charred car to Facebook in an effort to warn others.
"Good reminder to keep an eye out for telltale signs of unwanted guests," they said.
"During the colder months, rodents seek shelter, store food and quite often take up residence under the bonnets of cars.
"Unfortunately rats also find the wiring systems in cars and other vehicles perfect for nibbling and chewing on in to keep their teeth sharp."
A woman commented on the shocking images, saying her husband, who appears to be a mechanic, had been cleaning out "a lot of nests from customers cars" and trying to craft a way to keep the rodents out.
"Hope everyone involved is ok, and many thanks for our Fire and Rescue," she said.
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