Charred: The engine of a Ford after it caught fire.
Charred: The engine of a Ford after it caught fire. Crystal Spencer

Flames engulf volunteers vehicle

A VOLUNTEER could do nothing but stand back and watch as his car’s engine burst into flames.

The man was at Taylor Drive in Pottsville to pick up Norma Sharpe as part of the Tweed Byron Community Transport Service.

Ms Sharpe’s son Warwick Sharpe said flames started coming from the car’s engine bay just before the man pulled over in front of their home.

“It burst into flames and looked pretty nasty,” Mr Sharpe said.

“My kids wanted to go out and look at it but I made them stay inside the house. This poor bloke is just a volunteer for the Tweed Byron Community Transport Service; he’s out there trying to do the right thing.”

Mr Sharpe said they were lucky it happened before his mother got in the car.

“He’s pretty upset about it. It was an old Ford but it was in really good condition.”

Two brigades from the Tweed Coast Rural Fire Service, a Tweed Heads brigade and Hazmat attended the blaze, about 10am yesterday.

Tweed Coast captain Shane Morse said the fire, which was contained to the engine bay, was put out in about five minutes.

“We extinguished it and went about containing the run-off to reduce the environmental impact,” Cpt Morse said.

“All the engine fluids were contained from going into the storm water system.”

Cpt Morse said the cause was unknown at this stage, but likely to be mechanical.



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