Car fire at Great Yarmouth petrol station

Norfolk Fire Service at the Tesco petrol station in Great Yarmouth after a small car fire on the for

Norfolk Fire Service at the Tesco petrol station in Great Yarmouth after a small car fire on the forecourt.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Firefighters were called to a Great Yarmouth petrol station after a car caught alight on the forecourt.

Crews from Yarmouth and Gorleston were called to the petrol station at the town's Tesco Extra store at around 3pm today after smoke began pouring from a Peugeot, while it was parked at the pumps.

Staff said the driver had filled up and was in the kiosk paying when smoke started billowing from the car. The driver's partner and young child quickly got out and staff leaped into action

John Carey, compliance manager at the Tesco store, said: 'As soon as we saw [the smoke] we activated the emergency procedures, shutting off the pumps and cutting the power.

'Customers were really good and got the fire extinguishers and helped. One customer was in a pick-up truck and pushed the car away from the pumps into a safer area.

'There was just heavy smoke and a few flames under the bonnet.'

Fire crews arrived quickly and used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. The forecourt was closed while they worked at the scene and cleared the area, before giving the all clear to staff to re-open.

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Mr Carey said all the occupants of the car were safe and well. The petrol station re-opened just after 3.30pm.

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