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FREELANDER DESTROYED BY FIRE IN WOOTTON

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Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) Logo with textThe Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to a vehicle fire in Wootton this evening (Saturday). 

Fire control mobilised Blue Watch from Newport Fire Station to the incident on Park Road, where a Land Rover Freelander was found to be well alight.

2 Breathing Apparatus (BA) wearers used 2 hose reel jets (HRJs) were used to extinguish the fire and the surrounding vegetation that subsequently caught alight.

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The 4×4 has been completely destroyed with just the bare metal shell that remains.

A thermal imaging camera was also used to check for any hotspots.

The road was closed to traffic for some time while the wholetime firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

Thankfully, the vehicle was parked in a layby, meaning damage to the highway has been kept to a minimal.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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Park Road has since reopened to traffic and firefighters have returned to station.

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Bing Bong
Bing Bong
2 months ago

A lot of fires on the Island lately, are Electric Six touring again or something?

Last edited 2 months ago by Bing Bong
Merp
Merp
Reply to  Bing Bong
2 months ago

Lots of sad people can’t remember how good Electric Six were 🙂

Mr Sands
Mr Sands
2 months ago

Very sus! Drove past this earlier it was sat on the right hand side (Lush hill>Briddlesford Rd) in layby cyclepath in Wootton, looked dumped with a wheel missing( i think front passenger) insurance job? Car’s don’t just catch alight… especially not in this weather!

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Sands
Bing Bong
Bing Bong
Reply to  Mr Sands
2 months ago

Maybe it was caused by friction burn? Probably pulled up as driver’s missus gave him a handie lol

Old bean
Old bean
2 months ago

Insurance job written all over it

ron
ron
2 months ago

These suggestions of insurance job are pathetic. You end up with barely 40% of the value of the car minus your excess. The only way to insure your car to get good value if the car is newish is by taking out gap insurance. This vehicle on fire was a crap car with hardly any value.

Billy Bellfoot
Billy Bellfoot
Reply to  ron
2 months ago

If it had a big issue but driveable Better than £40 scrapyard would offer ya? Was it green by any chance?

Ed Down
Ed Down
Reply to  ron
2 months ago

If the car had a lot wrong with it and had a massive potential repair bill that’s worth more than the car it makes a lot of sense.

Old bean
Old bean
Reply to  ron
2 months ago

Very true but some people will do this if car is heap of crap

Mr Sands
Mr Sands
Reply to  ron
2 months ago

So your telling me on a cold wet evening sat in a layby it just randomly caught alight? Think about it… unless it was the badgers its clearly an arson. If people(not just me) saw the car earlier that day on a jack there was obviously a problem with it, maybe more then just a tyre. How often does your car suddenly burst into flames?

Kerry Jacobs
Kerry Jacobs
Reply to  Mr Sands
2 months ago

No matter what the weather is cars can still catch fire, all it takes is something electronic in the car to short out, get hot or start sparking and it can cause a fire and yes it is uncommon for cars to just burst into flames but it does happen.

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