4WD goes up in flames as passengers flee for their lives
IN a flash two people jumped out of a car yesterday afternoon only moments before it erupted in fire, engulfing it entirely.
J Hickey Av was blocked off for an hour as two Gladstone fire crews battled the blaze and got it under control.
Station officer Mark Erridge said he understood the owner of the car had just had it serviced.
"Reports from the driver were that there was smoke issuing from the rear of the dash panel," he said.
"It appears to have been a malfunction or chemical short-out of some sort within the electronics or potentially the computer system of the vehicle behind the dash."