A WITNESS has described clouds of smoke which billowed from a stricken campervan in central Warrnambool on Tuesday afternoon as "unbelievable".
One witness who contacted The Standard said he couldn't believe his eyes as he came over the hill in Banyan Street to see the entire intersection with Raglan Parade engulfed in smoke.
The witness, who didn't want to be named, said he believed the campervan had been travelling west on Raglan Parade, before the engine started smoking.
"When I saw the van, it was turning right into Banyan Street and stopped next to the vet clinic," the witness said.
"When I got there the engine was revving like crazy and the smoke was pouring out of it. It smelt terrible.
"The driver got out and was fine, but he wanted to go back into the van to get items out. A group of us had gathered and told him not to."
The witness said another passer-by called the CFA, with units attending shortly after and extinguishing the fire.
It is believed the smoke was caused by diesel fuel spilling on to the engine's turbocharger, which had suddenly broken.