Old faithful bites dust
A HUSBAND and wife escaped unscathed after their trusty Toyota burst into flames on the side of the Princes Freeway at Avalon yesterday.
But Colin Bell had time to rescue his fishing gear before the flames spread too far.
“First, I got the wife out, then I got the fishing gear out,” Mr Bell said with a laugh.
Mr Bell and his wife, Joanne, were driving to Geelong about 9.30am yesterday when they first noticed something was wrong with their Toyota Avalon.
“We were just driving along,” Mr Bell said.
“I had an engine light on but I’d checked the oil and it was fine, and thought it must be a faulty engine light or something.
“Then it just jerked a bit, all the dash lights came on, so I pulled over, lifted the bonnet, checked the oil and saw a bit of smoke down near the power steering. Then there was a fire and that was the end of it.
“I thought, ‘Oh, what’s that, just a little bit of flame?’ Then it just kept on going. It was so quick.”
Mr Bell said there had never been an issue with the insured car.
“Sixteen years I had it, since brand new,” he said. “It’s never had a problem, I get it serviced regularly, and it actually runs beautifully — well, not now — but it used to run perfectly. It had 36km when I bought it, and it had 271,000km on it when it went up in smoke.”
The CFA quickly extinguished the fire.
UP IN SMOKE: Firemen were quickly on the scene of the car fire and (inset) owners Colin and Joanne Bell could still smile after the incident.