Fire damages 4 cars

Fire Services is investigating an explosion at a car repair centre near the airport that destroyed three cars and damaged another.

Staff members were working on a vehicle on Sussex Drive, off Owen Roberts Drive when the explosion occurred.

The origin and cause of the fire is being investigated. Deputy Chief Fire Officer Doorly McLaughlin said: ‘While the fire does not appear to be of suspicious origin, preliminary findings point to accidental ignition.’

No-one was injured, according to the police’s Marine Unit Commander Inspector Brad Ebanks, who attended the scene on Tuesday morning.

A towering plume of smoke rose from the explosion and subsequent fire, which started at 8.50am, but a quick response by fire trucks from the fire station across the road meant the flames were put out quickly.

However, firefighters remained at the scene for more than an hour afterwards, dousing the roof of the shed in which the vehicles were housed, putting out hot spots and ensuring the cars did not reignite.

A police cordon kept spectators back from the scene, which police and fire officials said was dangerous because the other cars may have exploded.

‘There were staff working on the vehicle when the fire started,’ said Inspector Ebanks. ‘No one was injured. A total of four vehicles were damaged. Three of them were totalled.’

Ayon Baxter, who works nearby, said he heard two explosions, followed by popping noises, most likely tires exploding.

‘I heard the explosion from my office. It sounded like two big explosions and then pops. The fire was put out very quickly though,’ he said.

Staff members were working on a vehicle on Sussex Drive, off Owen Roberts Drive when the explosion occurred.

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