VIDEO: Drama as truck bursts into flames in Darwen

VIDEO: Drama as truck bursts into flames in Darwen

The cause of the fire is not yet known

Picture by Holly Nicholson

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FLAMES poured out of a van after it caught fire in a busy town centre street.

Residents looked on in shock after the fruit and vegetable delivery van burst into flames in Railway Road, Darwen.

Large flames could be seen coming out of the roof of the van just behind the driver’s cab.

Police were forced to close a section of the road, close to Darwen Market and the Old Chapel JD Wetherspoon’s pub, while firefighters battled the blaze.

The cause of the fire, which appeared to start on the inside of the van as it made its way along the street, has not yet been determined.

A police spokesman said: “We closed the road at Church Street and we were keeping people back from the scene.

“The fire service was on the scene within minutes and nobody was injured.”

The incident happened shortly after 9am and the road was reopened two hours later.

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said: “The street was cordoned off and there were two fire engines and police there.

“I don’t think anyone was hurt and there were no ambulances.

“It looks like it has come from the inside as that side of the van was burnt out.”

One onlooker said: “It was frightening.

“I was a bit worried about my car as well which was parked outside the office.”

Within minutes, photographs and comments from stunned onlookers had been uploaded to social networking site Facebook.

Nicola Reay said: “Massive van fire outside the Old Chapel in Darwen. Hope the driver is okay.”

Scott McKenna echoed those sentiments and said: “Hope the driver got out safe and sound.”

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10:09am Thu 26 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

There should be rules against lorries carrying fire!
There should be rules against lorries carrying fire! vicn1956
  • Score: 16

10:55am Thu 26 Jun 14

woolywords says...

People should expect fires like these, after all, it's what firemen are for..
A book, from 1953, predicted such events..
"Over the course of several decades, people embraced new media, sports, and a quickening pace of life. Books were ruthlessly abridged or degraded to accommodate a short attention span while minority groups protested over the controversial, outdated content perceived to be found in books. The government took advantage of this and the firemen were soon hired to burn books in the name of public happiness." Farenheit 451
People should expect fires like these, after all, it's what firemen are for.. A book, from 1953, predicted such events.. "Over the course of several decades, people embraced new media, sports, and a quickening pace of life. Books were ruthlessly abridged or degraded to accommodate a short attention span while minority groups protested over the controversial, outdated content perceived to be found in books. The government took advantage of this and the firemen were soon hired to burn books in the name of public happiness." Farenheit 451 woolywords
  • Score: -10

11:41am Thu 26 Jun 14

ossym says...

vicn1956 wrote:
There should be rules against lorries carrying fire!
It was a light goods vehicle.

Good job it didnt spread to the surroundings, could have done pounds worth of damage.

Ding Ding.
Best of order now!
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: There should be rules against lorries carrying fire![/p][/quote]It was a light goods vehicle. Good job it didnt spread to the surroundings, could have done pounds worth of damage. Ding Ding. Best of order now! ossym
  • Score: -5

12:43pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Paul85 says...

I'm surprised the LET has not linked this to terrorism lol
I'm surprised the LET has not linked this to terrorism lol Paul85
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Mikeee47 says...

Great reporting from the (Racist against white Brits) LET
Great reporting from the (Racist against white Brits) LET Mikeee47
  • Score: -7

6:01pm Thu 26 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

The council said oh you can park. Right outside your job , and don't need to pay for parking incase somthing like this happens as got inflammable liquids and materials ,in van ,,, next minute ,, parking fine ,,, Never trust people who answer the phone at parking services as they just push buttons and lie on the phone , and the manager isn't even trained in parking law ,,,,,, glad you've lost the parking enforcement contract capita ... :) tribunal here we come ....
The council said oh you can park. Right outside your job , and don't need to pay for parking incase somthing like this happens as got inflammable liquids and materials ,in van ,,, next minute ,, parking fine ,,, Never trust people who answer the phone at parking services as they just push buttons and lie on the phone , and the manager isn't even trained in parking law ,,,,,, glad you've lost the parking enforcement contract capita ... :) tribunal here we come .... phil kernot
  • Score: -6

8:33pm Thu 26 Jun 14

s_smith says...

phil kernot wrote:
The council said oh you can park. Right outside your job , and don't need to pay for parking incase somthing like this happens as got inflammable liquids and materials ,in van ,,, next minute ,, parking fine ,,, Never trust people who answer the phone at parking services as they just push buttons and lie on the phone , and the manager isn't even trained in parking law ,,,,,, glad you've lost the parking enforcement contract capita ... :) tribunal here we come ....
Once again you're prattling on about Capita and parking contracts. There IS no parking contract... it's part of the WHOLE contract Blackburn has with Capita. Whether Capita stay or go when their contract ends in two years time who can say... but it will be the same staff doing the back office stuff.

The tickets on the other hand are given out by BwD staff, not Capita.

So if you're going to waffle on, at least get your facts correct.

Oh, and what training in "parking law" do you think he should have, bearing in mind that there isn't such a thing as "parking law". Parking is covered under many different Acts of Parliament and statutory regulations - you don't need, nor is it possible to get, a "qualification" in such matters, without being a lawyer.

So what is the point you are actually trying to make?
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: The council said oh you can park. Right outside your job , and don't need to pay for parking incase somthing like this happens as got inflammable liquids and materials ,in van ,,, next minute ,, parking fine ,,, Never trust people who answer the phone at parking services as they just push buttons and lie on the phone , and the manager isn't even trained in parking law ,,,,,, glad you've lost the parking enforcement contract capita ... :) tribunal here we come ....[/p][/quote]Once again you're prattling on about Capita and parking contracts. There IS no parking contract... it's part of the WHOLE contract Blackburn has with Capita. Whether Capita stay or go when their contract ends in two years time who can say... but it will be the same staff doing the back office stuff. The tickets on the other hand are given out by BwD staff, not Capita. So if you're going to waffle on, at least get your facts correct. Oh, and what training in "parking law" do you think he should have, bearing in mind that there isn't such a thing as "parking law". Parking is covered under many different Acts of Parliament and statutory regulations - you don't need, nor is it possible to get, a "qualification" in such matters, without being a lawyer. So what is the point you are actually trying to make? s_smith
  • Score: 5

11:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

Paul85 wrote:
I'm surprised the LET has not linked this to terrorism lol
Al-CIAda did it!
[quote][p][bold]Paul85[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised the LET has not linked this to terrorism lol[/p][/quote]Al-CIAda did it! Rumpole
  • Score: 2

10:26am Fri 27 Jun 14

ossym says...

Is it true this was a capita van transporting valuable archive material?
Is it true this was a capita van transporting valuable archive material? ossym
  • Score: 0

9:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

emster says...

firemen on the scene in minutes..wot a load of cack..pretty obvious the amount of video i watched on facebook before they turned up that they hadnt come from darwen station...at least 5 mins...goes to show impact all the cuts are having..thankgod it didnt explode and noone was hurt..
firemen on the scene in minutes..wot a load of cack..pretty obvious the amount of video i watched on facebook before they turned up that they hadnt come from darwen station...at least 5 mins...goes to show impact all the cuts are having..thankgod it didnt explode and noone was hurt.. emster
  • Score: 2

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