Driver's panic as car explodes while he is driving
A DEVASTATED driver has told how his car burst into flames while he was driving home.
Firefighters were called to deal with the blaze in the dark blue Vauxhall Zafira in Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, on Sunday at 1.30pm.
Owner David Partington, aged 41, said he had dropped his friend off at the Briefield pub in Blackburn Road and then saw smoke coming from a vent near to the passenger’s front seat — just after he had turned on the car’s heating.
He added: “I stopped the car straight away and took the keys out. I thought the smoke would stop with the keys out of the ignition.
“I opened the bonnet and noticed a flame under the glovebox. I grabbed my phone, bank card and door key. Then I started to panic and called 999.
“The car was making loud explosions, bits flying off. It was so frustrating, being unable to do anything except watch.”
He said the car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Mr Partington added: “I was devastated. I loved that car. I’d never had problem with it since I got in April. It was a complete shock.
“From seeing the smoke I would say it was about two minutes until it was completely out of control.
“I have never thought about carrying a fire extinguisher in the car, but I will in future.”
The GN Healthcare worker, from Bradshaw, said he is relieved the fire did not happen when he was with his partner and her children.
He said he wanted to thank passers-by who saw the fire and rallied around to help him, including diverting traffic away from the blazing vehicle and offering to make him drinks.
Mr Partington is now waiting to hear whether he will be able to buy a new car with money from his insurance company.
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