Dorset

Man charged over Dorset tanker bungalow crash

Fuel tanker crashes into bungalow
Image caption About 30 firefighters attended the blaze, which was brought under control in about an hour

A man has been charged after a tanker crashed into the front of a Dorset bungalow and caught fire.

The 51-year-old man, from Yeovil, Somerset, is accused of arson with intent to endanger life, assault by beating and dangerous driving.

Dorset Police have not named the man, who was detained on Friday after the incident in Folly Lane, Wool.

Up to 30 firefighters tackled the blaze which left the bungalow, whose owner was inside, seriously damaged.

The defendant, who is due to appear before magistrates on Monday, is also charged with arson reckless as to whether life was endangered, theft and breach of bail.

In the crash the tanker smashed through the front wall and a set of windows of the bungalow, before a fire ripped through it towards the back garden.

A spokesman for the tanker company, based in Brinkworth, Wiltshire, said earlier: "We are aware of an incident involving an employee and a company vehicle.

"We are in contact with the police and have offered any assistance we can."

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