Neighbours flee fire after van goes up in flames



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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.