Quick thinking prevents servo disaster at Clarenza

"IT WAS surreal, like watching a movie."

This is how Pat Keener described the scene that unfolded before him as he and his wife Beth pulled into the BP Tornik service station at Clarenza on Sunday.

"There were two tins rolling down the hill, dribbling a substance which left a line of fire, and the back of someone's car had caught (alight)," he said.

"It was all a melted mess when we got there."

SERVO ON FIRE: Beth Keener used her mobile phone to capture these images of a station wagon and metal tins which caught fire at the BP Clarenza service station about noon Sunday.
SERVO ON FIRE: Beth Keener used her mobile phone to capture these images of a station wagon and metal tins which caught fire at the BP Clarenza service station about noon Sunday.

Quick thinking from the driver of the station wagon involved, members of the public and service station employees meant the flames and threat of disaster were promptly extinguished.

Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said the fire was contained by the time RFS arrived on scene just after midday.

"It had a massive potential for a disaster really, in terms of the business and people attending the busi

ness at that point in time," Mr Watts said.

"Luckily it was diverted by the good will and quick thinking of the public."

While the cause of the fire is still unknown, the images captured by Mrs Keener on her mobile phone show just how serious the incident could have been.



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