Shocking aftermath of Tesco car fire engulfing Transit Way
Dramatic photographs reveal the aftermath of a massive fire in the parking lot of a Plymouth Tesco.
His driver was called a hero for keeping the vehicle away from shoppers in the Transit Way store.
He later told PlymouthLive he hopped into his blue Ford Focus as smoke came from the dashboard, then the engine flames got bigger and bigger on Saturday afternoon.
Thick black smoke was sent up into the sky, as captured in video, with some fearing that Tesco itself was on fire.
Firefighters, whose Crownhill station is minutes away, arrived quickly and extinguished the flames – but the vehicle was radiation.
The car is still in the parking lot a week later with emergency tape on it and behind metal security gates.
Driver Chris, 31, who did not want to give his last name, told PlymouthLive last week that he had just got into the car with his groceries when he saw the smoke.
Without hesitation, Chris jumped into his car and pulled it away from the shoppers and other vehicles on the other side of the parking lot.
He said: “I did the regular checks, noticed flames and just jumped in the car. [I wanted] to try to keep him away from everyone. ”
Chris added that he had to stick his head out the window to avoid the smoke and see where he was going.
It was “instinct and adrenaline” that made him jump into his burning car and pull it away from buyers and other vehicles, he said.
Although still in shock, Chris is relatively unscathed, although his Focus has been burned to life.
“It was a real flame,” he said. “It was a shell at the end.”
Chris has been dubbed a “hero” by witnesses and readers, who heard of his courageous efforts soon after the incident.