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Car explosion in Saltdean leaves driver and his dog injured

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A car has “exploded” in Saltdean leaving a man with burns and a dog having to be taken to the vet.

The Ford Mondeo on Longridge Avenue went up in flames around 9.18am.

Witnesses say there was an accident with lighter fluid within the car that caused the initial ignition before the car then exploded in a ball of fire.

Staff at the nearby shop Dapper Dogs said: “It was very dramatic - we heard one big explosion and then three others that sounded like gunshots.”

The car owner was treated by paramedics due to burns on his hands and has since been taken to hospital.

A crew of firefighters from Roedean attended and used one hose reel to fight the flames after being called by Dapper Dogs owner Oliver Reed

Police and ambulance crews were also on the scene.

Mr Reed said: "I came outside and found the man trying to hold onto his dog with his burning hands.

"He went and washed his hands while we helped the dog."

The collie, named Mia, had been in the car with her owner during the intial accident with the lighter fluid.

The animal was shaken, had badly singed fur on her face and had lost her whiskers in the fireball.

Dapper Dogs staff gave the dog a cold bath to ensure he was not suffering burns and Mr Reed has taken the animal to the vet while the owner is in hospital.

Brighton and Hove Buses is diverting the 27 bus via Arundel Drive West while the road is closed. 

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11:46am Wed 26 Mar 14

spa301 says...

Good work Dapper dogs.
Good work Dapper dogs. spa301
  • Score: 43

6:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Pebbles907 says...

Lighter fuel, confined space...100 quid says he was smoking a fag at the time!

Good work Dapper Dogs!
Lighter fuel, confined space...100 quid says he was smoking a fag at the time! Good work Dapper Dogs! Pebbles907
  • Score: 12

6:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Juleyanne says...

The guys at Dapper Dogs are true heroes and devoted animal lovers and deserve a big pat on the back for their local community spirit once again.
The guys at Dapper Dogs are true heroes and devoted animal lovers and deserve a big pat on the back for their local community spirit once again. Juleyanne
  • Score: 23

7:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Euly says...

Oliver and John of Dapper dogs are saints. They are an asset to our community and we would never take our Sheeba anywhere else, this is just another example of their incredible community spirit and true love for animals.
Well done boys !
Oliver and John of Dapper dogs are saints. They are an asset to our community and we would never take our Sheeba anywhere else, this is just another example of their incredible community spirit and true love for animals. Well done boys ! Euly
  • Score: 14

7:05am Thu 27 Mar 14

gazzamagoo says...

He'll paws before doing that again won't he.
He'll paws before doing that again won't he. gazzamagoo
  • Score: -2

7:06am Thu 27 Mar 14

gazzamagoo says...

I'm glad they'er both fine but I'm sure they'll be feeling a bit ruff for a few says.
I'm glad they'er both fine but I'm sure they'll be feeling a bit ruff for a few says. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 0

9:57am Thu 27 Mar 14

JerryOnly says...

His insurers will have a bone to pick with him.
His insurers will have a bone to pick with him. JerryOnly
  • Score: 0

12:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

gazzamagoo says...

Sounds like a shaggy dog story to me.
Sounds like a shaggy dog story to me. gazzamagoo
  • Score: -6

12:48pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Nosfaratu says...

Dogs and Fags don't mix, Don't smoke and drive you bad canines.
Dogs and Fags don't mix, Don't smoke and drive you bad canines. Nosfaratu
  • Score: -4

12:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Nosfaratu says...

spa301 wrote:
Good work Dapper dogs.
Seems a new law preventing smoking in cars with dogs is needed.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: Good work Dapper dogs.[/p][/quote]Seems a new law preventing smoking in cars with dogs is needed. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sean Jenkins says...

Shame Icebusters wasn't parked inconsiderately in the area. He could have extinguished the inferno with his wares. However, I bet all the taxis that were parked willy-nilly about the place were loving the fact that some actual stuff was occuring during their working day
Shame Icebusters wasn't parked inconsiderately in the area. He could have extinguished the inferno with his wares. However, I bet all the taxis that were parked willy-nilly about the place were loving the fact that some actual stuff was occuring during their working day Sean Jenkins
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Grumpy0ldman says...

It happen tat about 9.18
It happen tat about 9.18 Grumpy0ldman
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Fri 28 Mar 14

hubby says...

That dog changed sex during the report!
Hope they are both OK!
That dog changed sex during the report! Hope they are both OK! hubby
  • Score: 0

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