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Cars burst into flames in village after 'small bump'

By Allan Preston

Two drivers escaped injury last night after their cars burst into flames following a collision in a Co Down village.

The PSNI released an image of the incident on Facebook, showing the two hatchbacks engulfed in a fireball on Main Street in Dundrum.

"Thankfully no one was injured but this picture shows how quickly situations can change," the PSNI said.

"With the help of Fire Service we were able to control the incident and prevent any further injury or damage."

Group commander Alan O'Neill from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said its was alerted at 6pm, with one appliance arriving from Newcastle by 6.15pm.

"We're aware the fire started after the collision and when the crews arrived the fire was well developed," he said.

"It's still not clear why it spread so quickly."

Two hose reel jets were used to bring the burning vehicles under control.

"Thankfully, nobody was hurt," Mr O'Neill added.

"We would urge any one involved in a collision to call the Fire Service if there's any smoke coming from their vehicle."

Commenting on the PSNI Facebook page, one man said his son was driving one of the cars.

"It was only a small bump and the car caught fire, everyone OK," he said.

A second man said: "(We) are both fine, as are all involved.

"It all happened so quickly and we are very relieved no one was hurt."

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