VIDEO: Dramatic moment a taxi burst into flames on Poole Quay

VIDEO: Dramatic moment a taxi burst into flames on Poole Quay

Picture by Karen Lambert

Photo by Lee Coley

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A TAXI driver says he ran for his life after his car burst into flames at Poole Quay’s cab rank.

The drama unfolded outside the Jolly Sailor pub on Monday, while the quayside was busy with holidaymakers enjoying the summer evening.

Mohammed Malik told the Daily Echo: “I’d just driven to Ashley Cross and put £20 of diesel in, then drove straight to Poole Quay’s taxi rank.

“Suddenly one of my colleagues from a taxi in front of me comes and says ‘Mr Malik, your car is smoking’.

Bournemouth Echo:  Photo by Peter Morris

“I opened the bonnet and I could see even more smoke. I picked up my fire extinguisher and aimed it at the engine, but it didn’t put it out.

“Fire started coming out of the car at this point, so I ran for my life. I just shouted for someone to call the fire brigade.”

Mr Malik, who operates as an independent Borough of Poole licensed taxi driver, praised the work of the emergency services and his taxi driver colleagues for their help.

“I was very lucky as a police car was just up the road at Dolphin Quay and they came to help and cleared the area. If I had been running a passenger somewhere when this happened, it could have been a lot worse. The fire took hold very quickly.”

Footage captured by Phillip Hesson

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has confirmed the fire was caused by a faulty engine. A crew from Poole fire station attended at 8pm and used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to quell the blaze.

Jolly Sailor manager John Lambert said: “I was cleaning the back yard behind the pub, I saw the smoke come through and, to be honest, I thought the pub was on fire. So I legged it down the side and all I saw was the car well and truly ablaze. One of my bar staff phoned the fire brigade.”

 

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9:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Fare enough.
Fare enough. BIGTONE
  • Score: 14

10:07pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

wow such dramatic photos! Glad they quelled the blaze
wow such dramatic photos! Glad they quelled the blaze Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 16

10:12pm Mon 14 Jul 14

rich53 says...

Taxi!
Taxi! rich53
  • Score: -4

10:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Was it French ?
Was it French ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

10:56pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Rasta dude says...

I hope nobody was hurt but that's one less to pull out on me at the last moment
I hope nobody was hurt but that's one less to pull out on me at the last moment Rasta dude
  • Score: 14

11:31pm Mon 14 Jul 14

taxi hater says...

One less mugger on the road

at least Dick Turpin wore a mask
One less mugger on the road at least Dick Turpin wore a mask taxi hater
  • Score: -9

12:41am Tue 15 Jul 14

Mike Pickering says...

I bet it was that lot over at the Shipwrights, getting a taxi from Parkstone then kicking right off when he tried to charge them 3 bob.
I bet it was that lot over at the Shipwrights, getting a taxi from Parkstone then kicking right off when he tried to charge them 3 bob. Mike Pickering
  • Score: 10

6:49am Tue 15 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Who decided it was an engine fault?.done more damage to the tarmac,more like Jewish lighting
Who decided it was an engine fault?.done more damage to the tarmac,more like Jewish lighting kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -12

8:51am Tue 15 Jul 14

justme20092009 says...

was it a dial a cab.......hope so
was it a dial a cab.......hope so justme20092009
  • Score: 7

9:11am Tue 15 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Isn't it more likely to have been an electrical fault causing the fire?
Isn't it more likely to have been an electrical fault causing the fire? speedy231278
  • Score: 8

9:22am Tue 15 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

I thought it was a new theme night BBQ and fire on the quay ?
I thought it was a new theme night BBQ and fire on the quay ? dorsetgills
  • Score: 10

10:51am Tue 15 Jul 14

BarneyWainwright says...

I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up
I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up BarneyWainwright
  • Score: 0

11:00am Tue 15 Jul 14

Understated says...

it caught fire... without any indication.
it caught fire... without any indication. Understated
  • Score: 11

12:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Understated wrote:
it caught fire... without any indication.
Must have been a BMW then.....
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: it caught fire... without any indication.[/p][/quote]Must have been a BMW then..... speedy231278
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

BarneyWainwright wrote:
I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up
What is road tax? I pay VED...
[quote][p][bold]BarneyWainwright[/bold] wrote: I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up[/p][/quote]What is road tax? I pay VED... Stereotyped
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BarneyWainwright says...

Stereotyped wrote:
BarneyWainwright wrote:
I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up
What is road tax? I pay VED...
You can get medication for that
[quote][p][bold]Stereotyped[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarneyWainwright[/bold] wrote: I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up[/p][/quote]What is road tax? I pay VED...[/p][/quote]You can get medication for that BarneyWainwright
  • Score: 7

3:35pm Tue 15 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

BarneyWainwright wrote:
Stereotyped wrote:
BarneyWainwright wrote: I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up
What is road tax? I pay VED...
You can get medication for that
There is a few posters on this site who need medication - you know who you are LOL!
[quote][p][bold]BarneyWainwright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stereotyped[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarneyWainwright[/bold] wrote: I suppose they'll use the already extortionate road tax to clean that mess up[/p][/quote]What is road tax? I pay VED...[/p][/quote]You can get medication for that[/p][/quote]There is a few posters on this site who need medication - you know who you are LOL! suzigirl
  • Score: -6

7:17pm Tue 15 Jul 14

DonWade70 says...

justme20092009 wrote:
was it a dial a cab.......hope so
What a nasty piece of crap you are with your anonymous user name. You apparently can`t read either as it says in the article that Malik is an independent taxi operator. For your information I used to work for Dial a Cab.
[quote][p][bold]justme20092009[/bold] wrote: was it a dial a cab.......hope so[/p][/quote]What a nasty piece of crap you are with your anonymous user name. You apparently can`t read either as it says in the article that Malik is an independent taxi operator. For your information I used to work for Dial a Cab. DonWade70
  • Score: -4

8:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Understated wrote:
it caught fire... without any indication.
Must have been a BMW then.....
Your car should not catch if the indicators aren't working
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: it caught fire... without any indication.[/p][/quote]Must have been a BMW then.....[/p][/quote]Your car should not catch if the indicators aren't working kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

It's what happens when you over charge an Isrealy
It's what happens when you over charge an Isrealy kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

9:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Makes a change it's normally a boat on the quay that is ablaze
Makes a change it's normally a boat on the quay that is ablaze cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Tue 15 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

Mike Pickering wrote:
I bet it was that lot over at the Shipwrights, getting a taxi from Parkstone then kicking right off when he tried to charge them 3 bob.
Wow blow me off lightly its mike he's back
where you been mike me old pal welcome home
you have been sadly missed
so happy you are back
it is him you know.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Pickering[/bold] wrote: I bet it was that lot over at the Shipwrights, getting a taxi from Parkstone then kicking right off when he tried to charge them 3 bob.[/p][/quote]Wow blow me off lightly its mike he's back where you been mike me old pal welcome home you have been sadly missed so happy you are back it is him you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

It said in an earlier report it was a Skoda. I believe they are owned by VW now so are technically German. I'm sorry for my earlier post suggesting it was probably a French car.

But given the choice I'd rather have an 'on fire' German car than a French 'not on fire' car anyday of the week. :-)
It said in an earlier report it was a Skoda. I believe they are owned by VW now so are technically German. I'm sorry for my earlier post suggesting it was probably a French car. But given the choice I'd rather have an 'on fire' German car than a French 'not on fire' car anyday of the week. :-) Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

8:25am Wed 16 Jul 14

adspacebroker says...

Oh my goodness, what a load of Krypton Factor rejects posting !
Oh my goodness, what a load of Krypton Factor rejects posting ! adspacebroker
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Wed 16 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Intriguing - "Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has confirmed the fire was caused by a faulty engine."

As this was a diesel fuelled taxi I really would like to know more about that explanation, because it's very unusual for a defective diesel engine to itself cause a fire. I do rather wonder if that £20 worth of fuel the driver had only just put in was something rather more flammable than relatively inert diesel - it would explain quite a lot!
Intriguing - "Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has confirmed the fire was caused by a faulty engine." As this was a diesel fuelled taxi I really would like to know more about that explanation, because it's very unusual for a defective diesel engine to itself cause a fire. I do rather wonder if that £20 worth of fuel the driver had only just put in was something rather more flammable than relatively inert diesel - it would explain quite a lot! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
It said in an earlier report it was a Skoda. I believe they are owned by VW now so are technically German. I'm sorry for my earlier post suggesting it was probably a French car.

But given the choice I'd rather have an 'on fire' German car than a French 'not on fire' car anyday of the week. :-)
Looks like a Vauxhall to me...
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: It said in an earlier report it was a Skoda. I believe they are owned by VW now so are technically German. I'm sorry for my earlier post suggesting it was probably a French car. But given the choice I'd rather have an 'on fire' German car than a French 'not on fire' car anyday of the week. :-)[/p][/quote]Looks like a Vauxhall to me... Stereotyped
  • Score: 1

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