Esso petrol station shut down after fire with ‘shaken’ staff rushing to help customers

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The flames were seen coming from the bonnet of a car as staff used multiple fire extinguishers to tackle the blaze with no luck.

 

A fire that broke out at a petrol station in Blackpool left staff shaken and worried for the safety of their customers.

At around 2:40pm on Wednesday (September 29) a black car caught alight whilst parking up near the fuel pumps at the Esso garage in Bispham.

It is not yet know how the fire started but manager of the forecourt on Devonshire Road, Adeel Hashmi says he was alerted by a customer who came into the store “shouting there’s a fire”.

With long queues and around 15 cars at the forecourt, Adeel and his team tried to quickly evacuate the station as well as shutting down all the pumps and fuel supplies.

“The car was just a few inches away from the pump,” Adeel said.

“It was in flames and there was a lot of smoke coming from the engine of the car – I shut the pumps down immediately and announced on the mic that all the people there should empty the forecourt.”

As people started to leave their cars and get onto the main road, staff member contact the fire services who arrived within 10 minutes to deal with the flames.

Car on fire at Bispham petrol station causes the forecourt to be evacuated as emergency services were called to the scene
Car on fire at Bispham petrol station causes the forecourt to be evacuated as emergency services were called to the scene

In attempts to prevent the flames from getting onto spilt fuel covering the ground after a busy morning, Adeel and his team exhausted all options to try to minimise the fire.

“We had fire extinguishers so I took that out and my colleague did the same, we tried to control the fire but it was too windy,” Adeel said.

“The fire was increasing in size and we had about five or six extinguishers and we tried all of them and we had bags of sand too but we couldn’t control it.”

Having to control the situation whilst waiting for the services to arrive became a scary ten minutes for the staff and members of the public at the scene.

“It was horrible, we were shaking and when we were using the fire extinguishers we were shaking,” :Adeel said

“But in 10 to 15 minutes the fire brigade came and they controlled the fire.”

The fire services were able to quickly control the situation and clear the car of flames within ten minutes.

Flames from he bonnet of the car were extinguished by the fire services
Flames from he bonnet of the car were extinguished by the fire services

Adeel closed the forecourt for over an hour to ensure checks were carried out thoroughly and that any and all dangers were dealt with.

A spokes person for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “There is no cause listed and the fire is not under investigation. The crews arrived at the scene at 2.33pm yesterday and were there approximately ten minutes. They put out the fire with a hose reel and were engaged for 10 minutes, no casualties or injuries reported.”