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Van fire explosion ‘sounded like bomb going off’ in Ilford car park

PUBLISHED: 17:57 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:01 20 April 2017

A car exploded in the CitiPark multistorey car park in Clements Road, Ilford. Picture: Luke Rumble

A car exploded in the CitiPark multistorey car park in Clements Road, Ilford. Picture: Luke Rumble

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A van which caught fire and then partly exploded “sounded like a bomb going off”, according to workers near by.

The van, lying empty, locked and stationary in the CitiPark car park, in Clements Road, Ilford, burst into flames at around 1.15pm.

A part likely to be a tyre or a jump start then exploded, and the Renault parked next door also caught flames.

Luke Rumble, who was at work in nearby Clements Court, heard a bang “which sounded like a bomb going off”.

“The van must have exploded, and then car next to it caught fire,” he said.

“My colleagues heard the bang and we went up to find out what happened.”

Smoke could be seen billowing out of the car park.

A spokesman from Ilford Fire Station confirmed that a fault with the car and caused it to catch on fire.

Firefighters doused the flames by 2pm.

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