VIDEO: Truck driver and his dog flee burning lorry

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A Heysham truck driver made a dramatic escape with his pet dog as his lorry burst into flames.

Wayne Catt, who runs his own haulage firm, was driving along Ovangle Road in Lancaster, close to Asda, when the fire broke out.

Firefighters tackle the lorry fire. Photos by Anthony Sutton.

Firefighters tackle the lorry fire. Photos by Anthony Sutton.

Mr Catt, 43, of McDonald Road, spotted smoke coming from the dashboard of the truck at about 12.15pm today, Tuesday.

As smoke filled the cab, he grabbed four-year-old Patterdale Terrier Tinkerbell and jumped from the vehicle seconds before the flames took hold, gutting the lorry.

Police closed the section of road around the scene while fire crews extinguished the blaze.

Mr Catt, who runs his own haulage firm, Wayne Catt Transport, was unhurt in the incident, as was Tinkerbell.

The lorry fire in Ovangle Road. Photo by Anthony Sutton.

The lorry fire in Ovangle Road. Photo by Anthony Sutton.

The road was completely reopened by 1.30pm.

For full story and interview, see this week’s Guardian.