Cab catches fire in Islington while driver eats kebab
Firefighters battled to stop a black cab from blowing up when it caught fire last Friday.
James Taylor, 56, the driver, was coming out of a cafe in St John’s Street, Islington, having bought a kebab when he noticed the flames.
A fire engine and five firefighters went to the scene at about 1pm and had the situation under control in 20 minutes.
Mr Taylor, who has been a cab driver for 30 years, said: “I stopped and pulled up for lunch. When I got out, I noticed the cab had caught fire. I called the fire brigade right way. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
“The main thing is that I wasn’t in it. You always think it happens to other people, and now it’s happened to me.
You may also want to watch:
“I don’t know which is more of a wreck; the taxi or me.”
Elaine Mulcare, who saw the fire from her home, said: “We just saw the smoke and came down.”
- 1 Upper Street flat attack: Man, 58, stabbed in neck and back
- 2 Launch date for Gordon Ramsay's Upper Street burger chain
- 3 Finsbury Park sex assault: Man arrested on suspicion of rape
- 4 Taylor Cox 'wanted to play pro football until he was stabbed two years ago'
- 5 Hackney and Islington see another rise in Covid-19 cases
- 6 Survey: Where are the safest and most unsafe where you live?
- 7 Police investigate alleged Finsbury Park rape
- 8 Arsenal offers behind scenes tour of Emirates Stadium at Covid jab pop-up
- 9 Jeremy Corbyn echoes Iain Duncan Smith's call to review £1.2bn incinerator plans
- 10 Arsenal pub Tollington Arms listed 'to prevent it being turned into flats'
Firefighters on the scene said that the flames were caused by an electrical fault.
Nathan Cane, from Shoreditch fire station, said: “The taxi was on fire when I got here. It wasn’t hard to put out but we had to stop the fire getting to the fuel tanks because that would cause it to blow up.”