A VAN was destroyed after catching fire in Seaham.
Police had to evacuate a number of homes in Stavordale Street West at 12.30pm yesterday when the van caught fire in a back lane.
Firefighters from Seaham and Peterlee used a hosereel and jet to put out the flames, which spread to a garden gate.
Two men who were in the van managed to escape unhurt.
The cause of the fire is unknown and officers from Durham Constabulary are carrying out inquiries.