Nonchalant window cleaner chomps saveloy and chips as flames consume his car

High Street brought to a halt as car bursts into flames

The Citroen goes up in flames

Firefighters attend the scene: Pic by Deepan Jaddoo Photography

First published in Epping Forest by

The dilemma of what to save in a fire was answered decisively by a sports fan when his car burst into flames – golf clubs.

The high street in Epping was brought to a halt at lunchtime on Tuesday afternoon as astonished passers-by stopped to watch the drama.

David Ayres, of Congreve Road in Waltham Abbey, was returning from a round of golf when the fire broke out in the engine of his Citroen Picasso.

After unsuccessfully battling the flames with a small extinguisher, he bought a saveloy and chips from a nearby fryer and calmly ate them while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

Smoke blocked the high street as officers from the nearby fire station brought the blaze under control, but the car was already wrecked.

The 28-year-old window cleaner said: "I noticed smoke coming into the cabin and stopped, and when I checked under the car I saw a small fire.

"I tried to put it out with an extinguisher someone gave me but it just seemed to make it worse.

"I grabbed my golf clubs and got out of the way.

"There was nothing else I could do. Someone had called the fire brigade so I went and got some chips while they were coming."

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10:34am Wed 9 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

'saveloy and chips'

I suppose that since the Smoking Bans a Savaloy and Chips have become the new Hamlet Moment?

Dum,dum,dum,dum,dum,
dum,dum,dum,
dum....
'saveloy and chips' I suppose that since the Smoking Bans a Savaloy and Chips have become the new Hamlet Moment? Dum,dum,dum,dum,dum, dum,dum,dum, dum.... Cornbeefur
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11:32am Thu 10 Jan 13

Kestral1410 says...

Thats my kind of man, cool as a gerkin ;-)
Thats my kind of man, cool as a gerkin ;-) Kestral1410
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