No idea what caused it. It had been sitting for 15-20 minutes. It was a diesel, which is quite hard to ignite.
Only thing I can think of is the alternator over heated? And then when I stopped, because it's not moving anymore it got hot enough to ignite, and being an old engine, there was plenty of old oil etc over everything.
Was a bit scary for a while as it was only about 6 foot from the front windows of the house!
No on hurt though and it was only a car. Just have to get on with dealing with the insurance co.
On the bright side, had a Skoda Superb, diesel, for a couple of days, 65 mpg! And now I have a Fiesta, petrol, which is struggling to get 45 mpg!
So, it's cheaper to buy and run a 5 year old Superb than a brand new Fiesta, I'm just checking my numbers to see how true that is...
Ah well, as you say a car is just a car. Better to catch fire when it did rather than on a busy motorway! Every cloud has a silver lining, say good bye to the old one, and look forward to getting a new one. By the looks of things, your economy on the Pug was really good, you'd struggle to get much better.