Forecourt staff have been praised after a car fire at the petrol station at the Trago Mills shopping centre at Newton Abbot in Devon.

Newton Abbot fire crew manager Rob Barr said that the staff managed to push the vehicle away from the petrol pumps when they spotted the engine fire at 12:28pm on Tuesday April 6.

“They acted quickly and managed to push the vehicle off the forecourt. An off duty fire officer was first on the scene and immediately used dry powder but the fire was still going under the bonnet.”

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets and four dry powder extinguishers to bring the flames under control.

He added: “The engine compartment of the vehicle was severely damaged by fire and the cause was accidental.”

No-one was injured and the petrol forecourt was not affected by the fire.