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.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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