A blaze at a car wash in Northampton last night could have spread to a nearby petrol station, fire fighters feared as they raced to the scene.
Grafton Street was closed to traffic in both directions for more than 90 minutes last night as a fire crew from the Mounts station doused flames coming out of the hand car wash by the Gulf petrol station.
No one was hurt in the incident, with the road reopening at around 8.30pm.
Watch manager Colin Wells, who was incident commander for the fire last night said three fire engines from the Mounts station arrived at the scene within two minutes of the call because there was a fear the flames would spread to the petrol station.
Speaking at the scene last night he said: “There was a significant amount of smoke and fire spreading toward the petrol station.
“There were three vehicles inside the car wash and it was sealed up at that time, so we protected the garage and isolated the fuel supplies.
“Four fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus then entered the building.
“The car wash itself was significantly damages from the fire which started in the store room.”
Mr Wells said the cause of the blaze is not yet known, but an investigation has been launched.