Police car bursts into flames in North Yorkshire

A BMW police car burst into flames while responding to an emergency call.

The fire broke out when the BMW 330d Touring suffered a "catastrophic engine failure" on the A168 between Thirsk and Ripon in North Yorkshire.

Firefighters were called to the scene in the village of Asenby at about 5.35pm on Saturday.

Car fire

Thankfully the two police officers managed to escape unharmed.

Sgt Paul Cording, from North Yorkshire Police, posted on Twitter: "Lucky escape for my colleagues on the A168 at Asenby when their patrol car suffered a catastrophic engine failure on a blue right run."

He also added: "Two hose reel jets and four breathing apparatus to extinguish this fire. Fortunately no injuries and officers now back out on patrol in a replacement vehicle. Thanks to @NorthYorksFire for your help."

Burnt out car

Similar incidents have occurred recently with other BMW police cars catching light, including a BMW 530d Touring which burst into flames in July this year on the A38 northbound near Exeter.

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