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‘We thought it was an explosion’ – Dramatic video shows car engulfed in flames following accident in Crawley



Photo: Vikkie Ede

Video has captured the dramatic moment a car was engulfed in flames following an accident on the Balcome Road in Crawley last night in Maidenbower.

The video was caught by Vikkie Ede who helps run the Maidenbower Facebook group with John Bower.

Credit: Vikki Ede

Sussex Police along with the fire service were in quick attendance after the two car incident.

Loud bangs were heard as the flames ripped through the car causing some people to think there had been an explosion.

One resident Carol said:

“I heard what sounded like a loud bang. We thought it was an explosion and rushed outside. There were flames everywhere.”

The incident happened around 5pm yesterday (14th Dec).

The fire crew were able to extinguish the fire and an update from Sussex Police is expected shortly.


Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants



Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting

Applications for these grants can be made at

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit

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