This is the dramatic moment a car turned into a fireball on a quiet Angus street.
The vehicle now confirmed to be a Vauxhall Zafira spontaneously burst into flames in Carnoustie as a result of an electrical fault the latest in a series to blight the manufacturer nationwide.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze but could not prevent the vehicle being left a charred and melted mess.
The empty car was parked on Burnside Street in Carnoustie when the incident happened around 1.40pm on Saturday.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames, which spread to a red car parked in front of it.
Police confirmed the fire was caused by an electrical fault but said nobody was injured.
Donna Carstairs raised the alarm and described the scene as the street filled with thick, black smoke.For more on this story, see Tuesday’s CourierShe said: “It was scary as it was me that reported it to the police that there was smoke coming out of the car.
“By the time the police got there it was up in flames and the smoke was everywhere.
“I was glad I was passing when I was as it could have been a lot worse. I’m just glad that no one was hurt but I feel sorry for the guy that lost his car.”
The Vauxhall Zafira model was recalled following a spate of fires.
Last November the company revealed it was recalling hundreds of thousands of Zafiras in the UK after a number of customers reported fires breaking out from the dashboard.
Vauxhall’s recall followed an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme.
Sue Freemantle, Claire Wheatley and Jade Hellewell also started a Facebook page to try to prevent others falling victim to something they believe is caused by a design fault.
Mrs Freemantle, from Ivybridge, Devon, was in her 2007 Vauxhall Zafira with three of her children and her cousin’s child in September when black smoke flooded the car.
The Facebook page called Vauxhall Zafira Car Fires, which has seen more than 50 people come forward to share similar experiences, has now made a plea to the Carnoustie car owner to get in touch with them.
The burnt-out shell in Carnoustie was eventually removed and sand was put down on the roadside, which was sealed off by traffic cones.