A QUICK thinking off-duty firefighter has risked his life to prevent a major explosion in Southport.
The dramatic scenes unfolded just before midday on Saturday when a van caught fire outside a Thrifty Car and Truck Rental business on the corner of Ferry Road and Splendlove Avenue.
It’s understood the van was travelling north along Ferry Rd when the driver noticed smoke coming from the dashboard. He turned off the major road and onto Splendlove Ave where he pulled over and jumped out.
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A brave off-duty firefighter was one of the first people on the scene and scrambled to make the area safe.
He put himself in harm’s way to remove a number of flammable items from the back of the burning van, including a gas bottle, moments before it was completely consumed by fire.
Firefighters were called and arrived at the scene shortly after to find the van parked on the side of Splendlove Avenue, fully engulfed in flames.
Crews worked quickly to contain the fierce blaze, which was extinguished within a matter of minutes.
The fireball sent a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the air above the suburb.
Thankfully, no one was injured. The off-duty firefighter is being praised for his actions.