Pair have lucky escape after car bursts into flames in Newport

South Wales Argus: A car engine suddenly caught fire whilst being driven along Cardiff Road, Maesglas, by Michael Salmon with Sharon Smith as the front seat passenger.  White Watch from Duffryn Fire Station attended and quickly put the vehicle fire out.   (3635949) A car engine suddenly caught fire whilst being driven along Cardiff Road, Maesglas, by Michael Salmon with Sharon Smith as the front seat passenger. White Watch from Duffryn Fire Station attended and quickly put the vehicle fire out. (3635949)

TWO people had a lucky escape after a car burst into flames on a main road into Newport tonight.

Michael Salmon and his friend Sharon Smith, both from Caldicot, had been shopping at Morrisons when Mr Salmon's car, a diesel VW Golf, started emitting sparks as they travelled along Cardiff Road during rush hour in the rain.

"I thought she had dropped her cigarette," explained Mr Salmon, 32, who takes his friend shopping most weeks. "I pulled the car over quickly and we got out."

The pair managed to rescue several bags of shopping before the car burst into flames at around 5.40pm.

Jennie Griffiths, head of control at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service tweeted to say the fire service had received 11 phone calls about the blaze, which was extinguished by White Watch fire fighters from Duffryn station within minutes.

Once the main fire in the cabin of the car was extinguished, fire fighters prised open the bonnet where the engine was still alight.

Mr Salmon said if it had been a petrol rather than a diesel car it would have "gone up".

Cars continued to drive past the car when it was on fire but fire fighters were eventually able to cordon off the wreckage, which continued to smoulder on the pavement and sent a plume of acrid white smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

Catherine Weir, who lives nearby, was walking her dog Chester along Bideford Road when she saw flames and heard what she described as "a huge bang" coming from Cardiff Road, opposite the South Wales Argus offices.

Mr Salmon said he had only owned the car for a few days and while it was of little value compared to his other vehicles, the keys and fobs for the other cars had been destroyed in the fire, which would cost around £1,000 to replace.

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7:44pm Fri 24 Jan 14

DG24 says...

Thats the most enthusiastic report I have ever seen for a car fire.
Thats the most enthusiastic report I have ever seen for a car fire. DG24

2:58am Sat 25 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Ummm isn't this right outside the argus office? So that would explain the pics and the amount of detail.
Ummm isn't this right outside the argus office? So that would explain the pics and the amount of detail. grumpyandopinionated

5:05am Sat 25 Jan 14

bravoscar says...

Nothing more reliable than a Volkswagen
Nothing more reliable than a Volkswagen bravoscar

6:38am Sat 25 Jan 14

Robodad says...

Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story!
Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story! Robodad

5:59pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Magor says...

Robodad wrote:
Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story!
Lucky it was not inside the tunnel
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story![/p][/quote]Lucky it was not inside the tunnel Magor

6:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

St3v3y says...

Robodad wrote:
Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story!
lol...:-)
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Another reason why we need a new M4 relief road. Oops, wrong story![/p][/quote]lol...:-) St3v3y

9:57am Sun 26 Jan 14

Head Honcho says...

Is this one of those games where you try to get the word "Chester" into an article? Otherwise I fail to see the relevance in naming the dog!
Is this one of those games where you try to get the word "Chester" into an article? Otherwise I fail to see the relevance in naming the dog! Head Honcho

3:36pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Quote......
'' Cars continued to drive past the car when it was on fire but fire fighters were eventually able to cordon off the wreckage ''
People amaze me with death defying habits but then it's raining for a change and one has gotta get home regardless !
Glad to hear nobody injured all the same, shame about the car loss !!
Quote...... '' Cars continued to drive past the car when it was on fire but fire fighters were eventually able to cordon off the wreckage '' People amaze me with death defying habits but then it's raining for a change and one has gotta get home regardless ! Glad to hear nobody injured all the same, shame about the car loss !! Jonnytrouble

7:49am Tue 4 Feb 14

arjwain says...

one reason why i keep a fire extinguisher in my car .
second for some one else to use if needed .
one reason why i keep a fire extinguisher in my car . second for some one else to use if needed . arjwain

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