Tyre firm says ‘sorry’ after van blaze drama

Van on fire on Luton Road
Van on fire on Luton Road

A tyre company has apologised for the “distress” caused to residents in a Dunstable street after one of its vans burst into flames.

The etyres vehicle rolled down Luton Road and into another van on a driveway, which also caught fire.

Police closed both lanes of the dual carriageway during the incident on Tuesday afternoon last week.

It is believed an electrical problem in the etyres van caused the blaze. A spokesman for the Cambridge-based firm said: “Following the incident we will be liaising with the appropriate authorities to undertake a full inspection of the van involved. At this early stage we believe that the van experienced an electrical fire and we are relieved the incident resulted in no injuries to either our staff or to those standing by.

“We take the safety of our operations, employees and customers very seriously and we have a number of procedures and policies in place to ensure our vehicles and equipment are serviced and maintained to the highest safety standards.

“We would like to apologise for any distress caused to residents of Luton Road, Dunstable, and for any traffic disturbances.

“We are looking to rectify any damage caused to the residents’ garden and pathway and will be sending a representative to assess any damage so that it may be restored to its original state.”

Tony Bowman, managing director at etyres: said: “All our vehicles and equipment are regularly maintained to the highest standards.

“We will carry out a thorough investigation, but this will obviously be hampered by the extensive damage to the van. Early indications suggest the cause was electrical. We are very pleased that no physical harm was done to anyone.”