The Barina that caught fire along Tatham Road.
The Barina that caught fire along Tatham Road. The Northern Star

Giving new meaning to 'hot wheels'

A LISMORE woman driving alone along Tatham Road late on Saturday afternoon unexpectedly found she was driving a hot rod when her vehicle caught fire.

According to police, the woman was about to turn right on to the Bruxner Highway when the windscreen wipers on her Holden Barina stopped working.

Almost immediately she smelt smoke and then saw clouds of smoke pouring from under her car's bonnet. The car was soon engulfed in flames.

The local rural fire service was quickly on the scene to extinguish the blaze, while several passers-by called police and the ambulance service because they thought there had been a more serious accident.

Inspector Scott Bingham said the woman acted sensibly by stepping out and away from the car and not trying to put out the blaze.

“Trying to save a car in that situation is just not worth the trouble and is risky,” Insp Bingham said.



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