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Olympians' cars destroyed in fire

30 Apr 2014 at 13:00

Two British Olympians saw their cars go up in flames on the driveway of their West Midlands home.

It is thought a technical fault caused the fire at the Sutton Coldfield home of e x-heptathlete Kelly Sotherton and her partner, triple jumper Nathan Douglas.

Sotherton's Audi was burnt out during the blaze, which started at around 3.30am, while Douglas's Honda was also a write-off.

Sotherton, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, tweeted: "Luckily no one was hurt. Neither car had been driven for 12 hrs. It was scary for a while, we were in the back garden to be safe."

The athlete, who quit the sport in 2012, added: "Luckily no damage to our house. It could have been a whole lot worse."

Douglas also took to Twitter after the incident, posting a picture of the wreckage of his car and a CD which survived the blaze - called Girl On Fire.

He tweeted: "All the CDs in my car are ash, except for this one #Ironic #GottaLaugh"

Police said the fire is not thought to be deliberate.

Copyright Press Association 2014