Escape from burning car

PUBLISHED: 10:52 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

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TWO men had a narrow escape this morning when their Renault car burst into flames. The car – believed to have been suffering mechanical problems – came to a halt outside a house in Common Lane, Harpenden, just before 8am this morning. A neighbour noticed

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TWO men had a narrow escape this morning when their Renault car burst into flames.

The car - believed to have been suffering mechanical problems - came to a halt outside a house in Common Lane, Harpenden, just before 8am this morning.

A neighbour noticed it was smouldering under the bonnet shortly before it burst into flames.

Mark Empson, who lives nearby, said: "I was woken by the explosion and saw two men struggling to get out of the car. My neighbours were already on the scene trying to help but the men were OK though visibly shaken."

Mr Empson recorded the events with his camera shortly before retained Harpenden firefighters arrived. They dowsed the flames and the fire was out by 8.15am.

Police removed the car and the road was salted.

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