Firefighters rushed to the scene after a car caught fire in the car park of a York retail park.

Witnesses saw smoke and flames coming from the bonnet of the car – a white Hyundai – at about 11.45am today (Friday, February 9) near Greggs in Foss Island Retail Park. 

Andrew Smith was on the scene and told The Press people offered to help put out the blaze with fire extinguishers but were told to stay back as a fire engine was on its way.

“I was shocked, it was quite scary,” the 37-year-old chef from Tang Hall said.

“It happened so fast.

“Within seconds there was smoke and flames coming from the car.”

A fire engine arrived on the scene within minutes, Mr Smith said.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire using hoses, he added.

York Press: The damage after the fireThe damage after the fire (Image: Andrew Smith)

People stopped to watch as the firefighters worked at the scene.

A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "York crew attended and extinguished a fire to a small vehicle.

"One hose reel used to extinguish the fire.

"Incident left with owner to arrange recovery of vehicle."