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Car in flames near Dalby sparks a vegetation fire

The burnt out remains of a Holden about 40kms from Dalby that caught fire about 12.15pm.
The burnt out remains of a Holden about 40kms from Dalby that caught fire about 12.15pm. Elouise Quinlivan

A SUSPECTED fuel leak has led to a car catching fire on the Warrego Hwy about 40kms from Dalby after midday, stopping traffic.

The Oakey fire station attended the scene.

One fire crew was tasked to putting the vehicle fire out while another worked to control a vegetation fire that quickly spread towards a nearby house.

Jondaryan Police station Officer-in-charge Senior Constable Kent Haley said it was unusual to see a fire start at the rear of a vehicle.

"It was a lucky escape for the driver," he said.

"It could have blown."

Both lanes were shut for about 25 minutes while the blaze fire-fighters worked to control the blaze.

The driver grabbed his phone and jumped out of the vehicle in time to see it go up in flames.

Topics:  car fire, dalby, vegetation fire, warrego highway


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