Brave firefighter speaks of tackling blazing van containing propane cylinders in Plymouth street
THIS is the moment two brave firefighters prevented a 'catastrophic' explosion by tackling a blazing van carrying propane cylinders.
Residents in Rochford Crescent, Ernesettle, were woken at about 11pm on Sunday after the van was set alight in a suspected arson attack.
Neighbour Matt Hellyer managed to capture the scene as firefighters Kerry Turner and Simon Ruel extinguished the blaze.
Mr Ruel, a crew manager at Crownhill fire station, told The Herald: "There were two 19kg propane cylinders in the back of the van. There was a strange coloured flame coming off the inside of the vehicle.
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"When we realised it was gas cylinders it was just a case of getting back and cooling them. It does make you think."
Dave Marsh, watch manager at Crownhill fire station, said: "It's quite fortunate we were able to get there in time or the consequences of an explosion would have been quite catastrophic. Fortunately it was confined to the vehicle, but there was a potential risk to life." He said the Vauxhall Corsa Combo van, which was parked on the road, was not from the area.
Neighbour Wendy Moore said: "We were watching TV and all of a sudden there was a flash and a bang. There were flames coming out of the top of the van."
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson and police inquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting log number 764 of March 3.