Driver gets out of car just seconds before it erupts into flames

Driver gets out of car just seconds before it erupts into flames

Firefighters tackling the blaze

Firefighters tackling the blaze on the road side

First published in News

A DRIVER had a lucky escape after his car burst into flames just seconds after he got out.

Andy Gale was driving his Citroen Saxo home along the A131 between Great Notley and Great Leighs when smoke began coming from the bonnet.

He exited the dual carriageway at the next roundabout and pulled over in Main Road, Great Leighs.

Just seconds later, the £1,500 car was engulfed in flames and thick smoke billowed into the air.

Mr Gale, 23, said: “I was on the dual carriageway and it started to smoke so I got off and maybe 30 seconds after I got out it burst into flames and then all these people stopped.

“It was a terrifying really. I’m still shaking.”

Mr Gale, who grew up in Braintree, was on his way to his home in Chelmsford from a garage, where his car had undergone repairs, when the terrifying episode unfolded at about 6pm on Thursday.

The former White Court Primary School pupil said: “They did the coil about a week and a half ago and then today all they changed was an oil cap.

“I don’t know what’s happened.

“It’s quite shocking really. It was taken to a garage and later that day it was on fire.”

One fire crew from Braintree were called and quickly put out the blaze as stunned motorists looked on.

Incident commander Steve Wintrip confirmed the fire was not suspicious and believed to be down to a mechanical malfunction.

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3:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Former White Court Primary School pupil eh?

Well is that it?

What's the relevance of that anyway? I'll can't imagine that the old WCPS Alumni Fraternity will be particularly buzzing with news of this one.

No other achievements worth mentioning in the decade or so following Key Stage 2 education?

I somehow don't think the journalist bothered to ask many questions when tasked to write this one up!
Former White Court Primary School pupil eh? Well is that it? What's the relevance of that anyway? I'll can't imagine that the old WCPS Alumni Fraternity will be particularly buzzing with news of this one. No other achievements worth mentioning in the decade or so following Key Stage 2 education? I somehow don't think the journalist bothered to ask many questions when tasked to write this one up! OMPITA [Intl]
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7:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Good luck trying to pin that incident on the garage. Pure coincidence, I'm sure, that by "replacing" the oil filler cap and not screwing it on properly that the resulting oil wash caught fire. Name the buggers: name and shame 'em!

Now, that might get the "journalist"s investigative juices a-flowing thinking about he scandalous hyperbole that might surround such an article.
Good luck trying to pin that incident on the garage. Pure coincidence, I'm sure, that by "replacing" the oil filler cap and not screwing it on properly that the resulting oil wash caught fire. Name the buggers: name and shame 'em! Now, that might get the "journalist"s investigative juices a-flowing thinking about he scandalous hyperbole that might surround such an article. /@|_|@\
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