A terrified MOTHER and her two teenage sons jumped from their BMW when it caught fire – moments before it exploded.
Maureen Laing, 50, said firefighters told her the three were 30 seconds awayafter the engine failure “melted” in front of X1.
Livingston’s midwife washis boys practicing basketball in Falkirk when black smoke began to billow before the fire wrapped around the bonnet as he headed towards the M90.
He crawled into the bedroom and jumped out with his boys, aged 14 and 18, seconds before the fireball caught the engine – destroying his entire front end.
Maureen, who is now fighting BMW for compensation, said: “The whole thing happened in about 90 seconds. The car began to fill with smoke.
“We grabbed our bags and my wallet and phone, then we jumped out.
“Within 20 seconds it was engulfed in flames and just melted away.
“Theservice told us if we had 30 more seconds in the car it could be bad. We are very lucky to be alive.”
Maureen and her partner Neil Massie, 53, received aletter several weeks before the horror of last November, but the motor could not be checked by an authorized garage until February.
The couple contacted their local dealer in Newbridge but said they were told there was a “small chance” of an engine fire and they could still drive the car.
Engineer Neil said: “BMW told us they are investigating the incident and offered us a small fee and the value of the car but we are still waiting for a solution.”
A BMW spokesman said the couple had been honouredand that it takes the “sad” incident “very seriously”.
He added: “We hope to conclude a settlement soon.”