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Dunstable runaway van fire blamed on electrical fault

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Media captionFootage of the burning van was captured by Dave Porter

The owner of a van that caught fire and rolled driverless along a dual carriageway in Bedfordshire believe it was caused by an electrical fault.

Etyres, which owns the van, is carrying out an investigation into the incident on Tuesday afternoon.

"We believe the van experienced an electrical fire and are relieved there were no injuries to staff or to those standing by," a spokesman said.

The firm has pledged to repair any damage to gardens or pathways.

Results of the investigation will also be made available.

"We would like to apologise for any distress caused to residents of Luton Road, Dunstable and for any traffic disturbances," etyres managing director Tony Bowman said.

"We are looking to rectify any damage caused to the residents' gardens and pathways and will be sending a representative to assess any damage."

He said the investigation would be thorough but had been hampered by extensive damage to the van.

"Early indications suggest the cause was electrical. We are very pleased that no physical harm was done to anyone," Mr Bowman added.

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