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Taxi bursts into flames in the middle of Hamilton Street while firefighters rush to the scene

THIS is the moment a taxi caught fire in the middle of a Scottish street.

The fire department was driven to King Street in Hamilton around 3:58 p.m. this afternoon after the private rental car caught fire.

A taxi broke into flames

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A taxi broke into flames
The car caught fire in the middle of the street

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The car caught fire in the middle of the streetCredit: Hazel Ferguson

It is understood that the vehicle started smoking when it was parked on the road.

Footage from locals then shows the front of the car engulfed in flames moments later.

A stunned resident said, “My boyfriend was out walking the dog when he saw some light smoke coming from the bonnet of the taxi, which was stopped in the middle of the road, and the driver was walking up the street away from the car.

“Within five minutes, right after I called the fire department, the smoke had turned into a fire and was gradually getting bigger, and the smoke was getting darker.

“Everyone on the street was standing by their windows and watching and waiting to see what was going to happen, some were out moving their cars to try to get away from the taxi.

“There were two small explosions when the two front tires exploded.

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“It was all quite scary, because we had no idea what was going to happen, but eventually the fire brigade came and put out the fire.

“Luckily no one was hurt, it could have been a lot worse. Had certainly not expected to see it on a regular Monday afternoon.”


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A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews were called to the scene with a device mobilized.

The fire was later extinguished and no one was injured.

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