Ford V8 goes up in flames

KAY BLUNDELL
Last updated 13:55 19/02/2013
Burnt-out car
KAY BLUNDELL/Fairfax NZ

BURNT-OUT: The 1938 Ford V8 which caught fire as its elderly owner worked on it this morning.

Relevant offers

Kapiti

Traffic slow-going on State Highway 1 at Raumati and closer to Wellington The rain has passed, but Wellington's fake summer continues as snow arrives Paekakariki woman brings true-blue Indian brew to NZ Ninety-three per cent of New Zealand's council-owned art is collecting dust Waikanae park-and-ride to be completed in May, but further delays possible Community work for pair involved in crash that killed longboarder Two-car crash on State Highway 1 north of Wellington Three injured, one in critical condition, after Otaki crash Memorial service for American navy veteran Frank Zalot held in Kapiti Improved Horowhenua-Kapiti batting display goes unrewarded in Furlong Cup

An elderly Paraparaumu man's pride and joy, a 1938 Ford V8, went up in flames as he was working on it this morning.

The Michael St resident was renovating the old car when a spark from a grinder he was using next to the vehicle caught a piece of plastic over the rear window on fire, which spread quickly plastic covering on the seat inside.

Paraparaumu Kapiti fire station officer Steve Hudson said the vehicle was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 11.50am.

"It was a very fierce fire. He had started fighting it out himself with a hose. Paint on the garage had started melting. He was very lucky not to be seriously hurt," Mr Hudson said.

The elderly man was treated by ambulance paramedics for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within about 15 minutes. 

Mr Hudson believed the fire had pretty much written off the car.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content