Chesterfield businessman injured after car burst into flames during refuelling returns home

A Chesterfield businessman injured after his car caught fire during refuelling at the Ypres Rally in Belgium is returning home.

Friday, 20th July 2018, 3:48 pm
Updated Friday, 20th July 2018, 4:52 pm
Steve Perez
Steve Perez

Mr Perez - who opened Casa Hotel on Lockoford Lane in 2011 - was involved in the accident whilst in the designated refuel zone at the rally on June 23.

Speaking at the time, a spokesperson for Mr Perez, a rally enthusiast, said his Lancia Stratos 'became engulfed in flames' when it was being refuelled in the refuel zone during the rally.

He sustained burns but is making a full recovery, which he and his family attributed to the excellent care and treatment he received at the rally and at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium.

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Earlier this afternoon, Mr Perez tweeted a video of a helicopter taking off and said: "I’m coming home! Thank you to everyone for all of your support."

Steve’s co-driver Paul Spooner also attended hospital following the accident and was quickly discharged uninjured.