Driver burned as car catches fire in Sainsbury's car park

The car on fire in Sainsbury's car park. Picture by Lezli Emma Jones.

Firefighters put out the car fire in Sainsbury's car park. Picture by Gary M Hough.

Firefighters put out the car fire in Sainsbury's car park. Picture by Gary M Hough.

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A MAN has been taken to hospital with burns after his car caught fire in the car park of a town centre supermarket.

The 65-year-old's blue Rover 75 car caught fire in Sainsbury's car park.

He managed to escape before it went up in flames - but did suffer some burns on his arms as well as inhaling smoke.

He was driving and had seen smoke coming from the passenger area.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 12.10pm and took just ten minutes to extinguish the fire.

It is thought that the fire started in the passenger foot well area of the car.

Witnesses said the man did not look badly injured after the incident, but looked like he was in shock and was unsteady on his feet.

The fire service confirmed that the man was smoking while inside the car but could not confirm whether this was the cause of the blaze.

Firefighter Marc Murphy said: "This was an accident and not a deliberate ignition.

"The fire definitely started inside the passenger compartment rather than in the engine area.

"The driver was smoking at the time of the fire but we don't know if this is linked to the cause of the fire."

The man was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

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9:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BBBBBBXX says...

Smoking should be banned whilst driving
Smoking should be banned whilst driving BBBBBBXX
  • Score: 19

9:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know.

If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point?

Just saying...

Get well soon.
Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know. If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point? Just saying... Get well soon. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -15

9:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

BBBBBBXX wrote:
Smoking should be banned whilst driving
Actually I agree, I smoke (wish to quit eventually) but smoking in an enclosed space is fecking gross...
[quote][p][bold]BBBBBBXX[/bold] wrote: Smoking should be banned whilst driving[/p][/quote]Actually I agree, I smoke (wish to quit eventually) but smoking in an enclosed space is fecking gross... Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 19

11:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

clfclf says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know.

If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point?

Just saying...

Get well soon.
The way I read this, is that he was driving along and pulled into the car park after he noticed. Perhaps he was full of his faculties and hoping to take his car to a safer area where it could be dealt with, with as little disruption as possible.

He noticed the smoke first. To then get burns he would have been in the car a little while longer, and I am sure after noticing the smoke his first reaction was to escape, but he didnt. So I say, in the absence of further info good for him, and I wish him a speedy recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know. If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point? Just saying... Get well soon.[/p][/quote]The way I read this, is that he was driving along and pulled into the car park after he noticed. Perhaps he was full of his faculties and hoping to take his car to a safer area where it could be dealt with, with as little disruption as possible. He noticed the smoke first. To then get burns he would have been in the car a little while longer, and I am sure after noticing the smoke his first reaction was to escape, but he didnt. So I say, in the absence of further info good for him, and I wish him a speedy recovery. clfclf
  • Score: 14

9:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

LLdale says...

I'm sure if anyone saw a tiny bit of smoke they would pull over straight away.. If he didn't relies to the point of burning himself! Yes I agree he shouldn't be on the road! A burning car had to take longer than a few minutes so he must have known or even smelt it ๐Ÿ˜
I'm sure if anyone saw a tiny bit of smoke they would pull over straight away.. If he didn't relies to the point of burning himself! Yes I agree he shouldn't be on the road! A burning car had to take longer than a few minutes so he must have known or even smelt it ๐Ÿ˜ LLdale
  • Score: 3

9:54am Sat 26 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

clfclf wrote:
Beyond News Forum wrote:
Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know.

If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point?

Just saying...

Get well soon.
The way I read this, is that he was driving along and pulled into the car park after he noticed. Perhaps he was full of his faculties and hoping to take his car to a safer area where it could be dealt with, with as little disruption as possible.

He noticed the smoke first. To then get burns he would have been in the car a little while longer, and I am sure after noticing the smoke his first reaction was to escape, but he didnt. So I say, in the absence of further info good for him, and I wish him a speedy recovery.
You should write fiction for a living......
[quote][p][bold]clfclf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Okay, the guy got out with a burn or two, but we need to address this age thing going on here... I will upset a few people I know. If the driver failed to realize his car was on fire (maybe his burns came from trying to extinguish the flames himself) but IF if he failed to realize his car was on fire... was it that his faculties and reaction times were completely off point? Just saying... Get well soon.[/p][/quote]The way I read this, is that he was driving along and pulled into the car park after he noticed. Perhaps he was full of his faculties and hoping to take his car to a safer area where it could be dealt with, with as little disruption as possible. He noticed the smoke first. To then get burns he would have been in the car a little while longer, and I am sure after noticing the smoke his first reaction was to escape, but he didnt. So I say, in the absence of further info good for him, and I wish him a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]You should write fiction for a living...... JustBecause
  • Score: -1

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