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Driver suffers burns as van destroyed in explosion

PUBLISHED: 08:46 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 31 August 2018

The explosion happened in Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford Picture: GOOGLE

The explosion happened in Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford Picture: GOOGLE

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A small explosion in a commercial van has destroyed the vehicle and injured its driver.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a vehicle fire in Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, just after 8am yesterday morning.

Crews arrived to find that a small explosion had left the van “badly damaged”.

“The driver - a man in his 30s - also suffered burns and was left in the care of the ambulance service,” a fire service spokesman said.

“An investigation will take place into the cause of the explosion, but at this stage we do not believe it to be suspicious.”

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