Test drive drama at garage

Fire crews at the Arnold Clark garage in South Shore.
Fire crews at the Arnold Clark garage in South Shore.
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THIS was all which was left of a car after it burst into flames during a routine test drive.

A mechanic at Arnold Clark, on Amy Johnson Way, South Shore, was forced to call in firefighters when the engine of the blue Renault Laguna went on fire yesterday afternoon.

Fire crews at the Arnold Clark garage in South Shore.

Fire crews at the Arnold Clark garage in South Shore.

Members of staff left the building as mechanics rushed to move nearby cars to prevent the blaze from spreading.

Car valeter John Ross, 28, who witnessed the incident at 3.30pm, said: “When a guy drove the car back in there was smoke coming from the bonnet and the next minute it had exploded.

“I grabbed a fire extinguisher because I thought it was going to be really bad at one point.”

Eyewitness Dave Boyce, 42, added: “I heard a bang and when I looked round I could see how big the flames were and it looked very serious.”

A spokesman for Arnold Clark said: “A member of our service team was completing a routine road test on a customer’s vehicle after an oil leak concern.

“The customer has been informed and we will be assisting in everyway we can to get the customer back on the road.”

Steve Roberts, watch manager at South Shore Fire Station, added: “The fire started in the engine compartment and we are treating this as an accident.”

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