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Two escape explosion in mail van


Royal Mail van bursts into flames

A Royal Mail driver and his passenger escaped injury when their van burst into flames in Bristol.

Police and firefighters arrived in Portland Square at 0930 BST to find the back of the van on fire.

The driver told police he had smelled smoke and jumped out of the front seat just before an explosion in the back.

A police spokesman said there was "no suggestion of anything sinister". No mail was being carried at the time of the incident.

Jaquie Stenson, spokeswoman for Royal Mail, said: "The Royal Mail van was on a routine journey when the driver and his passenger smelled burning.

"Thankfully they managed to pull over and jump out, both escaping uninjured but badly shaken.

"No mail was on the vehicle and at this stage it's impossible to say what caused the fire."

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