Fire crews and police were called to a car on fire in Broadstairs this morning (November 11) about 25 minutes before the Remembrance service at the town’s war memorial.
The car by The Broadway was engulfed in flames after exploding. Resident John McCormack said: “The car had a mother, two children and a dog in and as soon they got out, it exploded. They were lucky.”
He added: “We could see the smoke from the memorial at Pierremont Park.”
The car was being driven by Broadstairs mum Lucy Robinson.
She said: “I don’t know the exact reason it started smoking, but black smoke poured out in a very short time. I was going to the petrol station and decided to abandon it away from the pumps,as I thought it was going to blow.
“We were very lucky and I’m very grateful we had enough time to get out. People have been very kind.”
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 10.36am to a report of a car fire in St Peter’s Park Road, Broadstairs.
“Officers attended to close the road and manage the traffic while firefighters put the fire out.
“The road will remain closed until the vehicle is recovered and the area is deemed safe.”
A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “One fire engine was sent to a car fire in The Broadway, Broadstairs at 10.40am. Crews extinguished the blaze using foam and left the scene at 11.11am. There were no reported injuries.”