North East Wales

Man injured in van explosion on Halkyn Mountain, near Holywell

Fire fighters at the scene
Image caption Investigators believe the van, which was carrying three gas cylinders, was deliberately set alight

A man has been injured after a van carrying gas cylinders exploded in Flintshire.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with burns although his condition is not life threatening.

Fire investigators believe the van was deliberately set alight on Halkyn Mountain near Holywell and one of three gas cylinders on board exploded.

Three crews fought Wednesday's fire, which spread to surrounding gorse.

Fire engines were called out from Flint, Holywell and Deeside stations at 09:22 BST and the fire was under control by 11:24 BST.

Fire-fighters feared the other two gas cylinders inside the van would explode.

A North Wales Fire Service spokeswoman said: "Three appliances from Flint, Holywell and Deeside attended the fire as well as an off-road vehicle from Llangollen.

"There were concerns about gas cylinders in the van. One cylinder exploded while a thermal imaging camera was used to monitor the temperature of the remaining cylinders.

"Fire crews remained at the scene of the incident for several hours to ensure the cylinders had safely cooled."

Police were called to the scene at 09:08 BST after a report of concern for someone's safety.

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