Originally Posted by EQUANT
Btw, opening the hood will only make the fire grow bigger due to the increased oxygen flow. You should have left it shut, but i guess i wouldn't have made much of a difference anyway ...
According to the original post, the OP didn't know there was a fire before he opened the hood.
To the OP:
If I understood your description correctly, initially (i.e. when you opened the hood) the fire was fairly localized. If so, which part of the engine compartment it was located in?