Newtown in petrol fire scare


Fire service assess situation while catching leaking fuel in a bucket

Police and the Hampshire fire and Rescue were called to Northlands Road this morning after concerned residents reported a strong smell of petrol.

The source of the pong was traced to a parked car which had a leaking petrol tank which had caused a pool of petrol to form in the gutter.

One local resident aged 54, who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news saying:

“Given the hot weather and the proximity of multiple BBQ’s this afternoon there was a considerable risk the vehicle could have gone up in flames”

A fire engine with six fire fighters attended and made the vehicle safe by siphoning out the petrol tank, the Police had already put down absorbent material to neutralise the spill.

Neither the police nor the fire service seemed able to locate the owner and left a note on the windscreen advising the owner to petrol tank was in need of repair.

  1 comment for “Newtown in petrol fire scare

  1. Peter Stewart
    April 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My advice to all Eastleigh residents this summer is STAY SAFE! Always drive at 20 mph (even in your driveway)! Always use your seatbelt (especially when driving). Never use red tipped matches (unless you do). Choose SAFETY matches instead. Do not use petrol (especially in your cars)! Do not buy petrol (it’s too expensive)! If you siphon out somebody else’s petrol then always use a proprietary siphon to avoid toxic fumes. If you swallow petrol, stay calm (always) otherwise you may become an undesirable. Do not climb ladders without certification and always make sure there is somebody at the bottom. Drink plenty (especially water). Always wear a hat (especially when you go out) and preferably a hard, yellow one. Always wear a high visibility yellow jacket (especially when driving). And in the light of National Stalker Awareness Week, always have a mirror in your handbag or (for the more inhibited men) glued to your sunglasses. Stay safe! Vote for the political Parties you have always voted for. You know it makes sense.

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