Police name victim of mysterious car fire accident at Fenland service station on Good Friday

PUBLISHED: 17:32 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 02 June 2010

The Mondeo in which Mr Rooprai died

The Mondeo in which Mr Rooprai died

POLICE have named the motorist who died in a mysterious fire at a Fenland petrol filling station. Security guard Mohan Rooprai, 57, died when he was trapped inside a smoke filled car at the Shell Petrol Station in Thorney Road, Guyhirn, on Good Friday. C

POLICE have named the motorist who died in a mysterious fire at a Fenland petrol filling station.

Security guard Mohan Rooprai, 57, died when he was trapped inside a smoke filled car at the Shell Petrol Station in Thorney Road, Guyhirn, on Good Friday.

Coroner William Morris will open an inquest into the death at Wisbech tomorrow.

Mr Rooprai, of 30 The Bank, Parson Drove, drove into the garage at around 8.30am and filled up with fuel.

He then went to pay for the fuel before returning to his Mondeo on the forecourt.

However when the car had not moved some 15 minutes later, two men went to see why it was still there.

They discovered the car full of smoke and called the emergency services.

A fire service spokesman said that fire fighters attempted to resuscitate Mr Rooprai "and worked long and hard at this but were unsuccessful."

The 'flash' fire was contained inside the car and no one else was hurt.

"It obviously could have been much worse," said a police spokesman. "It seems that the fire didn't spread at all and the garage was able to reopen."

Fire crews from March arrived within 10 minutes of the alarm being raised but the fire was already out by the time they got there.

An air ambulance was also called to the scene but the man had already been pronounced dead by the time it arrived.

The A47 was closed for a time but re-opened after two hours.

Officers cordoned off the petrol station to enable forensics experts to try and establish the cause of the fire.

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