A COLONEL and his wife had a narrow escape when their car caught fire in Industrial Area, Phase IX, outside a service station on Tuesday afternoon.
The colonel and his wife were in the car when the incident happened. The flames also engulfed another car which was parked near by.
According to the available information, the incident occurred around 11.30 am when Colonel Gulshan Sharma came to a service centre in Industrial Area, Phase IX, with his wife Alka Sharma. When Colonel Sharma reached the service centre, the Skoda car suddenly caught fire and was completely charred within 15 minutes, said Vicky, an eyewitness.
Colonel Sharma is posted in Udhampur and had come to visit his family in Zirakpur. According to Colonel Sharma, he had to return to Udhampur and he left his house in the morning in his car but he felt some problem in the car’s pick-up.
“I decided to get it repaired at a service centre in Mohali. I came to Mohali from Zirakpur but when I was entering the gate of the service centre, I noticed smoke coming out of the bonnet and the car suddenly caught fire. I somehow managed to take the car towards the road. My wife and I managed to get out in the nick of time,” Colonel Sharma told Chandigarh Newsline.
The fire was so intense that the flames also engulfed a Honda Accord car which was parked near by and damaged it.
Colonel Sharma said that he had lodged a complaint at Phase XII police station.