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Motorbike bursts into fireball outside New Malden camera shop
A motorcycle exploded in a "fireball" in New Malden High Street this afternoon.
Onlookers watched as the bike was engulfed in 20ft high flames, outside Fujifilm photo developers, at around 4pm.
Firefighters from New Malden tackled the blaze in less than hour. No one was injured, but the motorbike was destroyed and a nearby cycle rack was damaged.
Ray Foster, New Malden fire station's green watch manager, said the owner of the motorcycle, who witnessed the blaze, had taken out a faulty spark plug before the vehicle unexpectedly went up in flames.
Mr Foster said: "We were called to a motorbike alight in New Malden High Street.
"When we got there it was a fireball 20ft up in the air.
"It was really going and obviously all the cars and pedestrians had stopped to look. It was quite spectacular."
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