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VIDEO: Shocking footage of car fire in Gloucester city centre

By citizendanc  |  Posted: February 10, 2013

Southgate Street car fire

Southgate Street car fire

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Flames pouring from underneath a car bonnet have been captured on film by an onlooker.

The blaze happened yesterday in Southgate Street near Gloucester Docks.

Firefighters were called to the incident at 11.20am and the street was cordoned off while the situation was made safe.

The operation took 25 minutes.

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  • tishwash  |  February 12 2013, 6:50PM

    "Upon lifting the bonnet while the car was running to see what the problem was the valve suddenly blew out under full pressure resulting in a fire. The mechanic was showered in fuel, but luckily having been taken aback wasn't near the flames." Perhaps if he could smell fuel and the woman was that concerned to bring it in that the mechanic himself would of turned off the engine prior ?

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  • lindenengine  |  February 12 2013, 5:48AM

    tishwash Yes you are missing something with respect. The injection system on cars develops anything from about 34 psi (2,2 bar up) For instant starts there is a residual pressure in the fuel lines. This decays to a small extent when you shut down the engine but remains, allowing you the shortest crank time at re-start up. That is why if you read DIY instruction on repairing cars great emphasis is written on reducing the residual pressure to zewro before opening the system. On earlier cars there was a "PRV" Pressure regulating valve located in the system. This sets the line pressure and if the system is working as it should, holds the line pressure after shut down. In the instance I was describing a DIY owner had removed the PRV in some form of repair but had installed it with a non specified retaining clip. When it was presented to us it was in the process of leaking and the lady driver having smelt the loss of fuel sought immediate help. Upon lifting the bonnet while the car was running to see what the problem was the valve suddenly blew out under full pressure resulting in a fire. The mechanic was showered in fuel, but luckily having been taken aback wasn't near the flames. Hence my reference to to original post, when the lines to the fuel system rupture due to fire, the residual pressure blows out and increases the fire risk with spectacular results in some cases. As a side bar fiddling under the bonnet these days can get you killed especially in the case of Hybrids. Those orange cable you see carry anything between 237 to 330 volts DC. If you happen to touch one of these the shock can be fatal if it passes through vital organs. Training is essential when working on these types of vehicles and fires again can result in some very spectacular electrical fires before the system shuts down.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 11 2013, 7:33PM

    Well the car was still there at 5pm today (Monday) so it now appears to have been abandoned by the owner, have yet to see a ticket on it!

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  • tishwash  |  February 11 2013, 6:00PM

    "That is why business insurers demand your extinguishers are certified, maintained and my local brigade inspects them annually for compliance." What a waste of 'brigade' time.... I've only ever known private companies coming around inspecting and replacing as per a contract, not the actual fire brigade. Unless you mean a 'spot check' the fire brigade can do at any point, if they're doing them at your place that often I'd be concerned. However either way, if you're not competent you shouldn't attempt to fix it, not sure why your mechanic had fuel spraying around, surely he had the engine turned off therefore the pump would be shut off and pressure decreased? Or am I missing something ?

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  • lindenengine  |  February 11 2013, 3:12AM

    Sorry mate, you may forget but I certainly don't and if you DO forget there ain't no way I'm bringing my car to you to be fixed :-(" Well my shop is far from you so I will be spared that! For your info the fire erupted due to the DIY owner having tinkered with the fuel rail; and the incorrect snap ring he installed holding the PRV in place blow out in my mechanics face. The resultant loss of fuel eruption caused a fire on a hot engine. This developing problem happened when the owners wife who was driving the car & rightly brought the car to us when she smelt fuel. Luckily she didn't experience a under bonnet fire while driving the car with her kids in it. This reminded me of an incident many years previously (around 1973) when we came across a bloke furiously trying to to wrench the passenger door open of a three wheeler Reliant van. The car on Eastern Ave near the Reservoir road intersection was already engulfed in fire. Inside were his wife and two young kids. As were riding motorcycles at the time so our motorcycle gear gave us some protection against the heat, but were were ultimately helpless to rip the door off and save the occupations. The smell of burnt human flesh is a horrible sensation not to be experienced even by a young 25 year old as I was then.

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  • Walker100  |  February 10 2013, 8:41PM

    lindenengine....."We forget that cars are using a very combustible fuel/oils" Sorry mate, you may forget but I certainly don't and if you DO forget there ain't no way I'm bringing my car to you to be fixed :-(

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 10 2013, 8:01PM

    lindenengine Very good advice if I may say. It is imperative people learn and know how to use extinguishers. I have had to step in twice with them in the last 6 years.

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  • lindenengine  |  February 10 2013, 6:39PM

    Modern cars are packed full of integrated electronics. The moment there is an event like a wiring short down the vehicle will in most cases simply stop and the driver will end up coasting to the side of the road, or up onto the pavement. In many incidences this is a precursor to the sight of actual smoke, panic, and then fire as the short down propagates. Once alight with the mix of road dirt and oils the fire spread can be spectacular, brake fluid let alone plus the pre-pressurised fuel in the fuel system will spray out once the flexible lines burn away which makes the fire really get going. We forget that cars are using a very combustible fuel/oils for propulsion & lubrication , and in the professional repair shop we have to have extinguishers at hand to put out a fire should one arise. Any under bonnet fire can quickly engulf the whole car if you are not careful and even torch the building it is in. In electrical repairs an often light hearted flippant auto electrician's comment is quote:- That all wiring has smoke built into it. Don't let the smoke out!--Because the thicker the wire, the more smoke is likely to come out if you short it down! So auto DIY'rs be careful about fixing your own car if you don't understand what is going on. This is especially important if you are fixing the car in the garage; you might lose your house to fire! Think about, it happens more often than you might think. As for available fire extinguishers, many people don't know where a fire extinguisher is (if they have one!) One of my mechanic's once set a VW Golf on fire, panicked even though the extinguisher was within arms reach. Fortunately a quick reaction by me (the boss) ended up with just some white powder residue on the engine bay. No damage done! Phew! That is why business insurers demand your extinguishers are certified, maintained and my local brigade inspects them annually for compliance.

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 10 2013, 2:49PM

    We seem to be getting quite a few of these fires in the County at the moment?

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  • tishwash  |  February 10 2013, 12:18PM

    I presume it was parked htere when the car started going wrong since the window was open, however I'm sorry but if your car is having that much of an issue then don't park it on the pavement just stop in the middle of the road away from people and get out ?

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