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Hero driver jumped into burning car to move it to safety before it exploded


He suffered some minor burns to his face (Picture: SWNS)

A heroic shopper jumped back into his burning car to drive it away to safety just seconds before it was filmed exploding in a supermarket car park.

Local shoppers were left shocked after a car belonging to Chris Macey, 31, was seen bursting into flames.

Video footage shows the scene after the entire vehicle caught alight on Saturday while it was parked in the car park of Tesco Transit Way in Plymouth, Devon.

The quick-thinking driver sprang into action when he spotted black smoke coming from the dashboard.

Realising his Ford Focus was at risk of bursting into flames, he immediately jumped back into the smoking vehicle to drive it to an empty corner of the car park.

He said: ‘I was right by the Tesco entrance and there were lots of other cars around me — I just instinctively knew I had to get it out the way.’

The quick-thinking driver sprung into action when he spotted black smoke coming from the dashboard (Picture: SWNS)

Just seconds after he jumped back out his car, the entire vehicle burst into flames — and Chris stood nearby to immediately phone the fire brigade as other shoppers began to gather around in confusion.

Arriving in minutes, the firefighters extinguished the fire — which Chris said they suspected was caused by an electrical fault — but it left behind little more than a metal shell.

The burnt-out husk of Chris Macey’s car in the car park of Tesco (Picture: SWNS)
Chris Macey jumped back into his burning car to drive it away to safety (Picture: SWNS)

He added: ‘I’ve got some relatively minor burns to the face and one of my eyebrows was burnt off, but otherwise I got away relatively unscathed.

‘But I’m still in shock from it all, and it makes me shaky to think about.

‘I’ve been given a replacement car but I haven’t driven much since Saturday because the experience was so traumatic.

‘Looking back, I just feel lucky that I could move the car out the way, and that the fire brigade came quickly so nobody else was in danger.’

The video was filmed by Katrin Ruth Cummins, 29, who said she was passing through the car park with her family at around 4pm when they spotted plumes of black smoke coming from the far end of the car park.

The mum-of-one, who lives near Crownhill, said they decided to get a closer look, which was when they saw a Ford Focus completely engulfed in flames, with a fire engine coming to the scene shortly after.

She said: ‘At first we thought one of the shops was on fire but we quickly realised it was a car and it was completely alight.

‘Everyone in the car park was trying to see what was going on.

‘It’s not something you see every day.’

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