Driver un­hurt in buggy fire

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - TK MTIKI

ABEACH buggy driver was lucky to es­cape un­hurt af­ter his ve­hi­cle caught alight at the cor­ner of Becker Street and South­well Road on Tues­day morn­ing. Mc­comb was driv­ing in Becker Street at about 9.45am and was about to turn into South­well Road to go on a fish­ing trip, when the un­ex­pected in­ci­dent oc­curred.

A woman walk­ing be­hind the beach buggy, yelled re­peat­edly at Mc­comb af­ter notic­ing fire at the back of the ve­hi­cle.

Mc­comb did not hear her at first over the noise of his beach buggy en­gine, but his at­ten­tion was di­verted to a num­ber of stop-and-go work­ers who were aghast at the flames, be­fore stop­ping the ve­hi­cle and see­ing the flames just be­hind his seat.

He im­me­di­ately took out a fire ex­tin­guisher to douse the flames. Stop-and-go work­ers also ran to­wards the ve­hi­cle, some us­ing their drink­ing wa­ter to dampen the flames.

Dazed by the in­ci­dent, Mc­comb said: “I was lucky I had my fire ex­tin­guisher with me. With­out the fire ex­tin­guisher we would not have been able to stop it.”

When asked about the cause of the fire, Mc­comb said a petrol leak must have caused it. The beach buggy it­self did not have ma­jor dam­age.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

EA­GER TO HELP: Work­ers at a stop-and-go and a sharp-eyed pedes­trian alerted beach buggy owner Jerry Mcomb that his ve­hi­cle was on fire on Tues­day morn­ing, and as­sisted in ex­tin­guish­ing the blaze. From left are Litha Ntonti, Nkunzi Dube and Mc­comb

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