Shropshire Star

Dramatic Telford car fire caught on camera

This is the dramatic moment a car exploded into flames on a day when a spate of fires stretched Shropshire firefighters to the limit.


Arsonists are believed to have sparked the car blaze in Aintree Close, Leegomery.

Crews were then called out to a series of chimney fires and a shed fire during a busy 24 hours countywide.

Gary Sewell captured footage of the Leegomery fire, just before midnight on Monday, after alerting the police.

He said: "I was just about to get into bed and I heard a loud bang. It was a dramatic scene; there were huge flames engulfing the car and you could see the shadows of the firemen as they tried to put it out."

Firefighters then dealt with chimney fires in Whixall, Ludlow, Cleobury Mortimer and Clive and also tackled a shed fire in Shrewsbury. Four fire crews were called to a property in The Hill, Clive, near Wem, shortly after 2.30pm yesterday. Firefighters discovered a spark from the chimney had settled under a piece of wood which caught fire.

Phil Smith, of Wem Fire Station, said very little damage and no one was injured.

Meanwhile, a crew from Cleobury Mortimer spent about an hour tackling a fire in Lacon Close at about 4pm and there were separate chimney fires in Henley Road, Ludlow and Platt Lane, Whixall, near Wem.

And crews also tackled a shed fire in Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury, at about 11.30am yesterday.

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