My van destroyed by Fire on way to Action

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My van destroyed by Fire on way to Action

Post by Rock Bus » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:03 pm

I had every van owners nightmare come true on the way to Action

Only 5 miles away from the site my van lost all power and I had to pull off the dual carriage way
As I come off smoke starts coming out of the engine bay

Thank God have time for my wife and 3 kids (aged 1,3 and 5) to get out of the van before cab starts filling up with smoke

Within what seemed like a few minutes flames are coming out of the engine bay and by the time the fire brigade have arrived the whole van is alight.

Van has been totally destroyed along with all the contents (which adds up to c£1.5k and where can only claim £100 on the van insurance and it is not covered under my household)

I know the important thing is that myself and family are safe but I am absolutely gutted and feel like I have lost a part of me.

My van was regularly serviced but can only guess it was something to do with the fuel line .. given my experience would suggest you all check yours now as the consequences are devastating

Apologies for the babbling but need to get the experience off my chest :cry: [/img]

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Post by stained glass susie » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:10 pm

My heart goes out to you, as you say, our worst nightmare.

Glad the family all ok.
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Post by bobley » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:27 pm

Thats terrible, I'm gutted for you.

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Post by vwJim » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:28 pm

Glad you got out alright, but I know how you must feel. Gutted.
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Post by sidewinder » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:29 pm

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your bus to a fire. :(

Glad you and your family are OK.

Hope you're going to stick with split busses after this dreadful episode.
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Post by g4rfy » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:34 pm

Good to hear that you and yours are OK. 8O

Gutted to hear about the Bus. :sad5:
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Post by split bus kev » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:46 pm

Gutting. So sorry for you. :cry:

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Post by Mrs Clegg » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:52 pm

Glad to hear you and your family are all ok.
Sorry about the bus, but a vehicle can be replaced. :(

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Post by Easty » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:59 pm

Sorry to hear that Rock Bus...

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Post by Reaction » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:47 pm

Jees... I feel terrible for you. Thank goodness your family are all OK.

Does make me wonder if the firetec system I've fitted would be man enough if push came to shove.

I think I'm going to have to fit a fuel cut off valve that I can switch on and off from the cab.

Really hope you don't lose the faith amigo.
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Post by pye1man » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:48 pm

Realy sorry to hear that, really feel for you and your family.. :(
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Post by paulbugman » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:27 pm

that so sad and pleased you and your family got out in one peice :(

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Post by 23A » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:43 pm

..gutted for you.. :( :( :(
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Post by Menace » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:03 pm

:cry: :cry: :cry: :( :( :(
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Post by iesugrist » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:11 pm

:( :( :( :( :(

sorry to hear the bad news...

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