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Dramatic pictures as car catches fire in Thorley Park

Firefighters were called to deal with a car blaze in Bishop's Stortford on Saturday afternoon (April 4).

A black BMW convertible parked in Goodwin Stile, off Villiers-sur-Marne Avenue, Thorley Park, caught fire at about 3pm.

The flames set light to a wooden garden fence next to where the car was parked caught fire.

Firefighters on the scenePicture: Jo Gill (32962407)
Firefighters on the scenePicture: Jo Gill (32962407)

Residents came out of their homes to watch as flames, accompanied by thick dark grey smoke, filled the air. They warned one another to keep a safe distance as the glass in the car windows started to shatter as a result of the intense heat.

One of them said: "The owner was a guy maybe in his 40s. He doesn't know what happened – it just caught fire."

Stef Brockbank, whose fence caught fire, said: "He was very shaken and has been nothing but apologetic."

A crew from Bishop's Stortford fire station turned up to tackle the flames, which were extinguished within a couple of minutes.

Stef added: "There were no injuries at all and the firemen were absolutely fantastic. We have a lovely open garden now!"

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