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Two men in hospital after Leytonstone fuel fire

Two men were taken to hospital after a fuel can caught fire in Leytonstone yesterday night. The fire on an industrial road near Leyton Midlands Station [...]

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By Waltham Forest Echo 15 October 2021

Two men were taken to hospital after a fuel can caught fire in Leytonstone yesterday night.

The fire on an industrial road near Leyton Midlands Station started after someone used a heat gun on a van with a 20-litre metal fuel can inside.

The fire on The Sidings went out before the London Fire Brigade arrived but two men were taken away in ambulances after being injured in the explosive incident.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “A fuel can had been positioned inside a van against a panel that was having a vinyl wrap removed using a heat gun, which caused it to expand. When the pressure was released, the heat from the air gun started a fire.

“It’s important to make sure that areas where fuel sources are stored are well ventilated and away from naked flames, heat sources and electrical equipment.”