Car blaze causes chaos in Kingfield

A SPECTACULAR car fire brought Kingfield and Old Woking to a standstill early on Friday morning.

The shocking blaze occurred at around 8am, when a vehicle inexplicably caught alight while travelling south along Kingfield Road towards Old Woking.

OLD WOKING FLAME – a passerby captures the exact moment the vehicle caught alight in Kingfield Road
OLD WOKING FLAME – a passerby captures the exact moment the vehicle caught alight in Kingfield Road

With the worrying incident coming during the busy school run, many stunned parents and children from Kingfield Primary were in the vicinity at the time of the fire.

However, a spokesman for Surrey County Council confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

Shocked commuters reported seeing a male driving a small vehicle – believed to be a Mercedes A-class – with smoke emanating from under the bonnet.

The driver is then understood to have taken evasive action by pulling into the nearby Sainsbury’s store car park to flee the smouldering vehicle before it set ablaze moments later.

The owner of another car, parked a few feet from where the flaming vehicle came to rest outside the shopping parade, reported minor heat damage to its bodywork. Again, the owner of the vehicle and her two children were unharmed in the incident.

The council spokesman confirmed that one pump from Woking Fire Brigade attended the scene within five minutes of a call being made to the emergency services at just after 8am. The spokesman also confirmed that fire officers were on scene for approximately nine minutes dousing the flames – which at their height rose to approximately 10ft, destroying 60 per cent of the engulfed vehicle.

Workmen from contractor Cappagh, currently carrying out the sewage and water works in nearby Vicarage Road, told the News & Mail that upon seeing the smoke cloud, they downed tools to help divert traffic into a single lane around the incident.

With the fire quickly extinguished, the stricken vehicle was removed by local car-tow company McAllisters Recovery, before commercial contractors Cannon Hygiene UK cleaned up the charred scene by approximately 11am.


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