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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Up in smoke

Recently my friend Ken and I were on our way to a kayaking session when our route was blocked by a horse box that had pulled over to the side of the road ahead off us. There was some black smoke issuing from under the bonnet. The driver had already jumped down from the cab.

Frighteningly quickly (within a minute or two) the whole cab was in flames...

...and moments after that the whole vehicle was on fire with black smoke billowing into the sky

Scary though it was, it could have been a lot worse. Thankfully the driver was out in good time (though coughing and spluttering); there were no horses on board at the time; and the country road was quiet at that time of day - it might have been in a crowded city centre.


Blogger donsands said...

How does such a fire become ignited?

Sad this fellow lost his truck, or should I say lorry.

Amazing photos.

1:45 p.m.  
Blogger simon said...

electrical fault. diesel fuel is difficult to ignite, but the plastics and general construction of the modern vehicle is not. We learn this for our bush fires- most vehicles are extremely flammable and are unsuitable to escape a bush fire ( as you can see from this photo)

10:31 a.m.  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

1) I hope you offered to administer First Aid before taking the photos!

2) Where's the video for Youtube?!

10:49 p.m.  
Blogger Maalie said...

Tortoiseshell: Of course. The driver had already called the firs brigade and I asked him if he was sure he didn't want a paramedic.
I don't know how to do videos, even though my camera is supposed to be able to do them.

12:01 p.m.  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Very dramatic! Glad there were no horses inside.

5:58 p.m.  

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