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Northern Ireland grandad's oxygen tank explodes suddenly in car - 'it was like a flame thrower'

Published 04/12/2015

The charred remains of the car were all that remained after the incident. Pic BBC
The charred remains of the car were all that remained after the incident. Pic BBC

A man says he and his grandfather were fortunate to escape injury when an oxygen tank exploded in their car.

Conor Morrow had just switched on his grandfather's oxygen tank when the fire erupted.

He told the BBC: "There was a click and the next thing you could hear was the air gushing out and the fire - it was like a flame thrower.

"I ran around to the back of the car, opened the door and just pushed my grandad out of the car.

"The car just went up, it was mad how quick it went up."

Conor received a bad hand injury and the car was destroyed.

"We were lucky," he added.

Grandfather Odhran said if it wasn't for his grandson's quick thinking he could have been killed.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: "We received a call at 5:24pm to a report of a car on fire at the Ardfoyle, Brandywell area of the city on Wednesday December 2.

“One Fire Appliance from Crescent Link Fire Station and one Fire Appliance from Northland Fire Station were deployed to the scene. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire, following a medically required oxygen cylinder causing an explosion in the vehicle.

"A man in his 60s and another man in his 20s were treated at the scene for their injuries. Both men were taken to a nearby hospital.

“Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service finished at the scene at 6:01pm and the fire is being treated as accidental.”

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