Mystery fire guts car at city dealership

2012-01-13 00:00

A VEHICLE was left extensively damaged after it inexplicably caught fire at a car dealership at Masukwana Road yesterday afternoon.

The managers at the Motor City dealership in the CBD could not contain their astonishment.

“I’m shocked. I’m still shaken. This has never happened before,” said Afim Kara, a manager.

He said an employee had jumped out of the VW Caravelle 2000 after doing errands when the car suddenly moved from the yard towards the street and staff saw a small fire on the bumper. The car is one of the dealership’s fleet vehicles.

“When we ran to fetch the fire extinguisher the whole car was already ablaze,” he said.

The car windows exploded and the vehicle was badly damaged.

Msunduzi firefighters arrived on the scene, doused the flames and put out the fire.

Msunduzi Fire Department station officer Dave Bellis said they are not sure what could have sparked the fire. He said investigations still needed to be conducted.

He suspected that “It could have been an engine compartment or an electrical, fault.”

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