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A car owner in Manchester could only watch on helplessly as his gold wrapped Seat Leon was engulfed by flames:
Karzan Mamandy had just driven from Manchester over the border into Salford when he realised something wasn't quite right and stopped beside the road, at one of the busiest junctions in the area.
As his pride and joy went up in smoke yesterday evening (26 August), Karzan stood aside to let firefighters do their job.
Unfortunately the vehicle's glistening gold paintwork soon became a thing of the past when it turned into a chalky grey colour from the fire damage.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Karzan said: "I was just coming back from Manchester and I could smell something like a fire.
"I saw some cloud come inside and so I decided to park up here. I checked inside [the bonnet] and didn't see anything, but after I opened the boot I could see the fire.
"Because there were cars behind me, I decided to close the boot, so the fire wouldn't go to somebody else.
"After I closed the boot, the fire became more, and more, and more."
Fortunately, Karzan didn't suffer any injuries but he is still trying to find out what caused the blaze.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said yesterday evening: "Just after 5.15pm on Thursday, August 26, firefighters were called to a fire involving a car on Trinity Way, Salford.
"One fire engine from Salford arrived quickly at the scene, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using two hose reels.
"The crew remains in attendance and is working with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police to ensure scene and traffic safety."
Earlier this year another car caught fire after the driver used hand sanitiser while smoking, leaving the driver with burns.
The unusual incident happened in Rockville in Maryland, US, when the driver was smoking a cigarette and then began to use hand sanitiser.
In a post on Twitter, Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said: "Vehicle fire; cause, driver using hand sanitiser & smoking a cigarette, which is a bad combo in unventilated area like a car; total loss."
In a second post he wrote: "Hand sanitiser & lighted cigarette start fire in an occupied car. Driver was able to escape the vehicle while onlookers called 911.
"The patient suffered from NLT 1st & 2nd degree burns on his hands & inner thighs & transported to hospital."
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