A family from Kingswood, Gloucestershire have spoken of their horror after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire. Helen Clements, 43, daughter Charlie, 12, and son George, nine, were looking at the lions when smoke started to emerge from their car. Mum Helen describes how she frantically hammered on the horn to attract the attention of the park rangers but when flames started to appear from the bonnet she began to really panic. Terrified George opened the door and leapt from the car - only for rangers who were herding back the predators to order him back into the burning vehicle which was filling with smoke. With the 12 animals just 100 yards away the family were forced to leap to safety when another ranger arrived in a jeep and parked up next to the flaming car.
The lions - who visitors said were captivated by the flames - were ushered into a night-time enclosure by rangers while a jeep pulled up next to the flaming Fiat.
The family's five-year-old car has been completely destroyed by the blaze - but Helen said they are keen to return to the park as soon as they have a new set of wheels.