UPDATE: Teacher’s car engine explodes in ball of flames

Car fire in Church Street, Shoreham PICTURE: ANTHONY REDPATH
Car fire in Church Street, Shoreham PICTURE: ANTHONY REDPATH

A SHOREHAM teacher has told of the moment her car exploded into a ball of flames.

Mrs Victoria Bishop, nursery teacher at St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School, in Eastern Avenue, was turning into Church Street at the time.

“As I went to turn, I could feel the brakes were not working,” she said. “I was luckily moving slowly as there was lots of traffic on the high street - I swerved and turned into the side of the road and used the handbrake to stop.”

She was with her mum on Wednesday afternoon and when they smelled burning electrics, they got out of the car.

“We could see smoke pouring out of the bonnet,” continued Mrs Bishop.

Shoreham firefighters came quickly but the fire was soon burning in the engine.

“There were pops and explosion noises and then flames broke out,” said Mrs Bishop. “There was a strong wind funnelling up Church Street, which escalated the flames and the car in front caught fire.”

The father of one of the pupils in her class and two other dads with children at the school had tried to fight the blaze.

The whole engine melted and the car is a write-off. Investigation are underway to establish the cause.

Mrs Bishop said: “I have never previously had any problems with it and it had just passed its MOT. Hopefully the mystery will soon be solved but in the meantime, I am left carless as my insurance company won’t give me a courtesy car.”

She thanked the ‘brave firefighters’ for going so promptly to rescue her, having had to leave their Christmas lunch.