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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Thomas Molloy

Moment man tries to extinguish BMW blaze on driveway before fire crews arrive

A video shows the moment that a man tries to extinguish a BMW blaze on his driveway, as he waits for firefighters to arrive .

The clip, filmed from Garratt Way, in Gorton, earlier today (Saturday February 4) shows a man stood on his doorstep with a hosepipe. In the footage, a number of passers-by stand across the road and watch on as the flames grow and start blowing towards a nearby wooden fence.

At one point there is a shout to 'stand back' as one of the car's tyres explodes. Thankfully, the fire service arrived a short time later and managed to put the fire out.

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One eyewitness told the Manchester Evening News: "I heard cops shouting and people running over. Then I saw the fire and a bloke with a hosepipe trying to put it out.

Firefighters in Garratt Way, Gorton, after a BMW caught fire (Manchester Evening News)

"I've no idea how it started. The fire service came really fast though thankfully. "

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) did not disclose any information about how the blaze begun but confirmed that safety checks were carried out on neighbouring homes. A GMFRS spokesman said: “At approximately 3.30pm on Saturday, 4th February, fire crews were called to reports of a vehicle fire on Garratt Way, in Gorton.

"One fire engine from Gorton station quickly attended the scene. The fire involved a car parked on a driveway

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and carried out safety checks at nearby properties. Fire crews were in attendance for approximately 30 minutes.”

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