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Fire brigade called out again after same car goes up in flames twice in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 09:52 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 07 August 2017

Flames erupt out of a car in Barkingside. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran

Flames erupt out of a car in Barkingside. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran

Nivejan Santhakumaran

Customers in McDonald’s were evacuated twice on Friday, August 4 after the same car caught fire for a second time.

The burnt out car. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran The burnt out car. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran

Grey plumes of “toxic smelling” smoke wafted on to Barkingside High Street from a vehicle parked in Mossford Green at around 2.50pm.

McDonald’s manager Nivejan Santhakumaran, 26, was first alerted to the incident when a member of the public ran into the restaurant asking to use its fire extinguisher.

When the flames could not be put out, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called.

“Everyone was evacuated from McDonald’s while the fire brigade tackled the blaze,” he told the Recorder.

The car caught fire for the second time. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran The car caught fire for the second time. Picture: Nivejan Santhakumaran

“After they left, it caught fire again.

“It smelt like burnt charcoal - toxic smelling - and big grey clouds of smoke could be seen on the High Street.”

Popping “explosion” sounds could be heard and Mr Santhakumaran believes the petrol tank caught fire.

The LFB were called out again and put the fire out.

An LFB spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a car on fire at 2.50pm and it was over for us at 3pm.

“We were called again at 3.27pm, dealt with the situation and left the scene at 4pm.”

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