December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A quick-thinking driver was praised after his actions prevented further damage when his car caught fire.
The drama began shortly after 11.30am on Tuesday when the driver was entering the Scales Street car park in the centre of Bungay.
To try to prevent damage to other vehicles in the crowded car park the driver drove to the far corner of the site before contacting the emergency services.
A police spokesman praised the driver’s actions which he said had prevented other cars from being seriously damaged.
As these dramatic pictures – taken by reader and nearby resident Jackie Bell show – the car was well alight when the first crews arrived on the scene.
Because of the danger of an explosion police cordoned off a section of Bungay town centre including the town’s post office in Earsham Street which was evacuated for a short period.
It is believed there were fears of gas cylinders becoming unstable in a storage container which backed on to the car park close to the burning car.
Fire crews from Harleston, Beccles and Lowestoft South attended the incident and the car blaze was under control by 12.25pm.
One nearby resident said: “We knew it was something major when the fire engines arrived and police began clearing the area.
“You could understand that the police and fire crews were taking no chances and everyone kept well clear until we were told we could go back.”
The car that caught fire was badly damaged in the blaze and a nearby vehicle also suffered some damage.
The storage container was blackened on the outside but the prompt action of the fire crews prevented further damage.
Following the blaze the corner of the car park was likened to a winter’s scene as the foam used to put out the flames carpeted the ground.