Explosion from van fire rocks residential street

Firefighters tackled a van blaze this morning on a sleepy Wigan street.

Thursday, 27th July 2017, 10:21 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:49 pm
Flames and plumes of smoke can be seen from this Chisacre Drive property

Crews from Farnworth attended the fire, which had started in a Transit van outside a house on Chisacre Drive in Appley Bridge at around 7am.

Resident, Sammi Fairclough, reported hearing two large bangs as the tyres exploded from the heat.

She said: "I just saw loads of smoke and looked out near the back. I had to run outside and see what was going on and ring the fire brigade. All the front has melted."

Standby crews doused the flames, as Wigan's team attended a fire in Blackrod.

Crew commander, Martin Collinge, of Farnworth, said: "We have spoken with the driver, we do not know how the fire started and are now investigating. No one was injured in the fire."