Photo gallery: Stunning images of a van fire in Melton Constable

The fire in full flow The fire in full flow

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
10:49 AM

These stunning pictures capture the moments when fire-fighters bravely tackled a large fire on a van in Melton Constable.

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Amazingly nobody was harmed in the fire and an ambulance was not requested.

Ron Levy, 51 from Rayleigh in Essex, took the pictures. He is in the area on holiday.

He said: “I was just walking into Melton Constable to get some pastries. I’ve never been to Melton Constable before and it seemed like a very quiet, sleepy, village, so this was a bit of unexpected excitement.

“When I got there I saw a lot of smoke and I wasn’t sure what was happening. There was then a loud bang when I think a tire burst and the flames started roaring.

“The flames went up 8ft to 10ft high and were wider than the van itself. A nearby telegraph pole also caught fire so the flames must have been extremely hot. Fortunately the van driver was well away from the vehicle and nobody was harmed. There were a couple of dozen people in the street watching what was happening.

“The fire-fighters were incredibly brave. They weren’t shooting water from a distance, they walked straight up the van when the fire was in full flow.”

Fire-fighters and police officers were called to the scene at Briston Road at around 11.15am yesterday.

Appliances from Holt and Fakenham attended and crews in breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

They used granules to deal with a fuel leak.

Police closed the road to make it safe and it was reopened at 12.45pm.

Nobody was harmed in the incident and an ambulance was not requested.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

11 comments

  • ...good to see the EDP enjoying a nice piece of schadenfreude in this silly piece of writing...plus well done to those fire fighters for "bravely" putting out the fire too. Might be worth noting that is their job and this was hardly the fire of the century....honestly, just when you think standards could not get any lower, the EDP manages to pull something out of the bag. Could do better....much, much better.

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    merrydancer

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Ah, merrydancer, good to know Victor Meldrew is alive and well, and Trolling the local news articles!

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    jonespeter699

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • So why is this news ?. That is somebodys livelyhood_living gone up in smoke and the EDP is treating it like it is something that everyone wants to know about. If the EDP offices go up in smoke, will that be worth reporting, and will it be reported ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Until you have faced a fire like this you can't comment !! I have done a fire training course under strict supervision. Even in a simulated fire it is quite frightening. The heat and the roar in itself made a couple of 'hard men' on the course panic and turned away from the task. The firemen are brave men. I wouldn't want to do it again. not knowing what is in the van would make it worse.. well done lads

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    musicman

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • What bizarre comments people have made here. It seems the reporter did his best to stick to the facts without embellishment, quite low key in fact (reflecting the point that this is just a local interest story of no great significance in the scheme of things), certainly not "tabloid trash". Mainly quoting an eyewitness comment in fact. If the articles displease you people so much, then you really need to stop reading them, go out into the world and get on with your (obviously) more dynamic and exciting lives! I was there too, by the way, and would not want to walk up close to such a raging fire not knowing what may be stored in the van (regardless of what the driver may have said).

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    jonespeter699

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • Who won the race to the incident in Melton Constable....Holt or Fakenham? If Holt won I would think it was a sort of home victory, but still worth 3 points in the bag.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • "Amazingly, no-one was harmed in the fire"....would the EDP reporter been a bit happier if there were casualties??? This type of reporting smacks of tabloid trash. Come on EDP, clean it up.

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    jeffy

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Ah, merrydancer, good to know Victor Meldrew is alive and well, and Trolling the local news articles!

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    jonespeter699

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • What bizarre comments people have made here. It seems the reporter did his best to stick to the facts without embellishment, quite low key in fact (reflecting the point that this is just a local interest story of no great significance in the scheme of things), certainly not "tabloid trash". Mainly quoting an eyewitness comment in fact. If the articles displease you people so much, then you really need to stop reading them, go out into the world and get on with your (obviously) more dynamic and exciting lives! I was there too, by the way, and would not want to walk up close to such a raging fire not knowing what may be stored in the van (regardless of what the driver may have said).

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    jonespeter699

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • meerydancer, you obivously have no idea of what firefighters do on a daily basis. To walk up to a blazing van to extinguish it and ensure that it does not spread to the nearby houses takes bravery. By doing that the fire was conatined to the point of origin and was stopped from spreading thus preventing the fire of the century. Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis for everyone of us and that the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department died 11 years ago by just doing their job.

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    norfolkandgood

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • What bizarre comments people have made here. It seems the reporter did his best to stick to the facts without embellishment, quite low key in fact (reflecting the point that this is just a local interest story of no great significance in the scheme of things), certainly not "tabloid trash". Mainly quoting an eyewitness comment in fact. If the articles displease you people so much, then you really need to stop reading them, go out into the world and get on with your (obviously) more dynamic and exciting lives! I was there too, by the way, and would not want to walk up close to such a raging fire not knowing what may be stored in the van (regardless of what the driver may have said).

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    jonespeter699

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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