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TV crew catches video of Gander car fire


GANDER, N.L. — Videographer/producer Tristram Clark of St. John's was in Gander Tuesday for a TV shoot. He and a colleague happened to be stopped in a parking lot, when a woman's car broke down on the street in front of them, spewing smoke. With the help of Cory Foster, another driver who noticed the smoke and predicted what was going to happen, the woman made it out of the car before it caught fire. When it was clear the woman was safe, Clark turned on his camera. This is his footage as well as his explanation of what he saw.

"A friend and I were parked in a strip mall parking lot on Airport Boulevard, preparing camera equipment for a production shoot we had later in the day. We were in the back of my van testing microphones when this deafeningly loud car drove by with smoke coming out from the sides.

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“The car was sputtering and stalling and the smell of burnt brakes was choking. I said to my friend, 'That's going to catch fire!' Seconds later, a man ran past the van towards the passing car, screaming, 'Get out of the car!' I grabbed my camera and started recording.
“There was fire dripping out of the rear of the vehicle very close to the gas tank, and it felt like there was going to be an explosion. The rear of the car and tires quickly caught fire and were soon engulfed in flames. “Paramedics, police and firefighters arrived shortly after that and went to work. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes."

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