Mo­torist flees as car catches fire

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

A MO­TORIST is lucky to have es­caped un­scathed after his car burst into flames on Main St.

Wit­nesses de­scribed the driver flee­ing his Holden Com­modore mo­ments be­fore the blaze ig­nited about 4.30pm in Pialba yes­ter­day.

The ve­hi­cle’s driver re­ported see­ing smoke com­ing from the dash­board be­fore it caught fire.

Fire­fight­ers, po­lice and Er­gon En­ergy crews re­sponded to the in­ci­dent and quickly brought the fire un­der con­trol.

Main St was closed be­tween Pialba Place and Torquay Rd while emer­gency ser­vices mon­i­tored the scene.

No-one was in­jured from the in­ci­dent.

A spokesman from Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices said the crews donned breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus to com­bat the fire.

Fire­fight­ers used a dry-pow­der ex­tin­guisher to pre­vent fuel leak­age

“At one point with the ex­tin­guish­ment, it was dif­fi­cult with the fuel tank that had been breached,” the spokesman said.

“We’re very thank­ful one oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle was able to get out in time.”

The cause of the fire is un­known.

A nearby shop­keeper re­ported hear­ing a loud bang along Main St when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Wit­nesses were quick to cap­ture the fire on video as smoke quickly spread into the nearby sub­urbs.

Smoke from the fire was vis­i­ble from sev­eral kilo­me­tres away.


UP IN FLAMES: A wit­ness snapped the ve­hi­cle as it caught fire on Main St yes­ter­day.

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