Vantastic driver has a vital load to deal with lorry fire

Bournemouth Echo: Vantastic driver has a vital load to deal with lorry fire Vantastic driver has a vital load to deal with lorry fire

A LORRY driver whose vehicle caught fire on a motorway was lucky that a vanload of fire extinguishers was just behind.

Lee Knight, pictured, a fire extinguisher manager for Shaftes-bury company Wessex Fire and Security, spot-ted the flames coming out of a skip on the back of a truck on the M3 near Fleet.

Another driver flagged down the lorry and Mr Knight pulled in.

Mr Knight, 43, grabbed three extinguishers and successfully put out the blaze. He said the driver had been unaware of the fire until he was flagged down.

“When he pulled over and saw the flames he got into a bit of a panic and started trying to get the skip off the back of the lorry,” he said.

“I had about a dozen full extinguishers in the back of the van, but we only needed three to put out the fire.

“I don’t know how the fire started but it might have been that someone had thrown a cigarette into it and it gradually ignited the material in the skip. It just shows the benefit of having an extinguisher handy.

“I’ve been in the fire extinguisher industry since I left school at 16 and have seen first-hand how they can save property and lives.”

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10:58am Thu 1 May 14

Peggy Babcock says...

Spot-ted? Crikey guys, c'mon and proof read...
Spot-ted? Crikey guys, c'mon and proof read... Peggy Babcock
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11:51am Thu 1 May 14

Townee says...

Just goes to show we all need fire extinguishers in our homes and cars. Should be law for cars, just like France has laws about warning triangles, fluorescent jackets and other things. In this country we don't have to carry anything.
Just goes to show we all need fire extinguishers in our homes and cars. Should be law for cars, just like France has laws about warning triangles, fluorescent jackets and other things. In this country we don't have to carry anything. Townee
  • Score: -1

12:15pm Thu 1 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

You wait all day for one, then a van load come along at once. Typical.
You wait all day for one, then a van load come along at once. Typical. SympatheticSam
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