Van carrying gas cylinders catches fire on street in Cumbernauld

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Emergency: Firefighters doused the flames.© Deadline

A van carrying gas canisters has been destroyed after catching fire while travelling through Cumbernauld.

The vehicle was transporting cylinders filled with acetylene, a highly flammable substance.

Three firefighting appliances were sent to the scene shortly before noon on Thursday.

The town’s Forest Road was closed between the Wardpark Roundabout at Castlecary Road and the junction of Whitelees Road following the incident.

Several nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution but there were no reports of any injuries.

Watch Commander Spence of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue said: "We have a well-rehearsed procedure for dealing with incidents involving acetylene. Our crews reacted immediately to ensure the safety of the public and minimise the chance of the cylinders exploding.

"Our first priority was to set up cordons a safe distance from the incident, shut down the roads and get people out of the surrounding buildings. Firefighters are still on the scene and will remain there until specialists from the company owning the cylinders are able to safely remove them."

The appliances in attendance were dispatched from Cumbernauld Community Fire Station.

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