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Here’s the story behind the Alpine fire

Neither Chris Harris nor Eddie Jordan were injured in unfortunate incident

Last week, Top Gear telly was filming on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage with four rally cars, and a pre-production Alpine sports car.

Unfortunately, an incident during filming meant both Chris Harris and co-driver Eddie Jordan were forced to pull over and exit the vehicle, having been advised that flames were coming from the bottom of the car.

Neither presenter was injured, but unfortunately fire crews were unable to contain the fire, resulting in the loss of the Alpine.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

Chris Harris said: “I first realised I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm.

“Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

Eddie Jordan said: “Doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a dream come true for me. The car was stunning – so light on its toes. It was dancing around the mountain and Chris was driving it beautifully.

“It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen,” he added.

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