Family flee Burnley car ‘inferno’

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A family had a lucky escape when a fireball engulfed their car in rush hour traffic in Burnley.

A mother and her two children managed to flee the vehicle before it burst into flames along Westway near the busy Gannow roundabout.

The woman, in her thirties, had noticed smoke pouring from her Vauxhall Zafira as she drove along the busy road just before 4pm.

She managed to stop in a bus lane and evacuate her two young children before fire ripped through the car.

Fire crews were called in to tackle the flames and police were forced to shut off the road as smoke billowed from the burning vehicle.

Crew manager Alan Ashworth, of Burnley Fire Station, said: “The car just went up in flames. The woman had got out of the car when it caught fire.

“By the time we got there it was an inferno. We had to shut the road because of the smoke. The traffic was quite bad.

“The woman was a bit shaken up by it and the kids were traumatised but luckily they were not injured.”

The car was gutted by the fire which was brought under control by firefighters using two hose reels.

Crew manager Ashworth believes an electrical fault in the dashboard my have sparked the blaze.

The road was reopened after the fire was extinguished and removed from the scene.

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