Nova Scotia

Man killed in Goodwood car fire

A man is dead after a car exploded, caught fire and crashed into a pole just off Prospect Road in Halifax, police say.
A man is dead after a car exploded, caught fire and crashed into a pole just off Prospect Road in Halifax. (CBC)

A man is dead after a car exploded, caught fire and crashed into a pole just off Prospect Road in Halifax, police say.

The vehicle burst into flames shortly after pulling out of the Irving gas station in Goodwood around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Halifax Regional Police said.

Const. Brian Palmeter said the preliminary investigation suggests the driver had just bought a jerry can full of gasoline at the station and as he turned onto nearby Evergreen Place, there was an explosion.

Palmeter said the man drove for a couple of hundred metres before he lost control, slammed into a power pole and sheared it off.

"The fire was coming from everywhere, from inside the car, from the four windows. I called 911, I gave them the address," said Amar Mejbel, a witness at the scene.

Mejbel said he and others were unable to get close to the car because the heat was too intense.

"The fire is too strong. It was coming from inside the car," he said.

"We can't help him. I feel sorry about that."

The man died at the scene.

The car was so badly burned the police were at first unable to tell its make or model.

"The only thing that we could see was the back of the car that was left. It was just engulfed in flames," said Steven Palmer, who was driving in the area at the time.

Palmeter said police suspect the jerry can exploded, but they don't know what sparked it.

"That will be part of our investigation, but based on the evidence we see here, there's glass on the roadway and from the witness statements we do believe there was an explosion which led to the vehicle losing control," he said.

Power lines were down on Evergreen Place and the road was closed to traffic.

The province's medical examiner's office has been called in to investigate.

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