Explosion from van fire rocks residential street

Flames and plumes of smoke can be seen from this Chisacre Drive property
Flames and plumes of smoke can be seen from this Chisacre Drive property
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Firefighters tackled a van blaze this morning on a sleepy Wigan street.

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."