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Car fire at Maison Dieu Road, near Park Road junction, Dover

By Sam Lennon

This was the dramatic scene in Dover today when a car burst into flames.

Images from KCC Highways show the bonnet area of the vehicle engulfed in flames at Maison Dieu Road.

Cars are forced to wait further back while the fire rages.

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Flames erupted from the car. Picture: KCC Highways.
Flames erupted from the car. Picture: KCC Highways.

Traffic is then able to use two of the lanes when the flames are out.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called out to the incident at 1.01pm.

A spokesman said: "One fire engine attended and crews used two hose reel jets to extinguish the flames.

"There were no reported injuries and an electrical fault is believed to have been the cause."

The car ablaze at Maison Dieu Road. Picture: KCC Highways.
The car ablaze at Maison Dieu Road. Picture: KCC Highways.
The aftermath of the fire. Picture: KCC Highways.
The aftermath of the fire. Picture: KCC Highways.

The Kent County Council Highways department had shared the images on Twitter.

Its tweet warned drivers. "One lane of three is blocked following a vehicle fire on the A256 near the junction with Park Road.

"Emergency services are in attendance but please approach with caution and expect delays on the southbound approach."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers were called to assist crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service while they responded to a report of a car on fire."

The video the Mercury was given was filmed on a mobile phone by a 14-year-old local boy.

He afterwards spoke to our reporter under his mother's supervision.

She has asked for names not to be used.

They boy explained: "I was going into town with my mate on the bus and then the bus stopped and we were all told to get out.

"We did and I heard two people saying: 'There's a car on fire.

"I saw it for myself and I was shocked, I didn't know what to think.

"At first I took some still photographs and there were no police there yet.

"When I filmed I zoomed in so I was able to keep at a safe distance.

"I filmed for exactly 54 seconds and towards the end I could hear the sirens of the emergency vehicles coming.

"It was all very scary but I was curious.

"When I get home I showed the film to my mother."

The one-way Maison Dieu Road is a key route taking traffic from the north of Dover to the town centre and seafront.

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