Highway open after car fire extinguished

UPDATE 5:30pm: BOTH lanes of the Pacific Highway have opened for traffic after a car fire was extinguished earlier this afternoon by member of the South Grafton Fire Brigade. 

South Grafton Fire Brigade captain Dennis Pye said the station received the call-out to the fire - which was incorrectly reported earlier as a caravan fire - at about 3:50pm. 

"It was a Mercedes Benz station wagon pulling a caravan that appeared to have an oil leak," Capt. Pye said. "The owner said he noticed the oil light come on, when he noticed that he also noticed a significant amount of smoke coming from the engine. 

"He was fast enough to detach the caravan and move it to safety away from the flames but was unable to save the car." 

Capt. Pye said the car was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene with the flames fully extinguished within about 15 minutes. 

"RFS from Glenugie arrived on scene to assist with the extinguishing of the flames," he said. "We had the fire fully extinguished in about 15 minutes."

Mr Pye said the Queensland couple travelling in the car appeared shaken up but apart from that in good health.  

"There were two occupants in the car, travelling south on holidays from Queensland," he said. 

"They seemed to be fine, they were assessed by ambulance paramedics on site." 

EARLIER: ONE lane of traffic is now open on the Pacific Highway around the Bom Bom State Forest after a cravan reportedly caught fire.

Traffic is moving at a stop steady pace to let traffic pass in both directions. Traffic is heavy and experiencing major delays in both directions.

Crews from South Grafton fire station were on route to the incident. 

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