Truck driver grabbed dog and fled flames

The lorry fire in Ovangle Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday, February 3. Picture: Anthony Sutton
The lorry fire in Ovangle Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday, February 3. Picture: Anthony Sutton

A Heysham truck driver has spoken of the moment he grabbed his pet dog and made a dramatic escape as his lorry burst into flames.

Wayne Catt was driving along Ovangle Road in Lancaster, close to Asda, when the fire broke out.

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

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

Police closed the section of road around the scene for about an hour while fire crews extinguished the blaze.

Mr Catt, who runs his own haulage firm, Wayne Catt Transport, had been delivering to Gilbert’s Foods in Morecambe and was returning to Burnley when the fire broke out.

Speaking to the Guardian minutes after the incident on Tuesday lunchtime, Mr Catt said: “I had just stopped off at Pye Motors for a brew and come back to the truck and set off again.

“I only got a a little way down the road and I saw smoke coming out of the dashboard.

“By the time I had gone a short way the cab started filling with smoke so I just grabbed my dog and my phone and jumped out.”

Mr Catt was unhurt in the incident, as was Tinkerbell.

He added: “I’m just glad it happened after I had set off again as I had left the dog in the cab on her own while I went for my brew.”

Mr Catt, who owns several haulage vehicles, had only recently spent £5,000 on new alloy wheels for the truck.

The vehicle cost him around £30,000, but new ones can cost up to £120,000.