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imageUPDATED: Firefighters from Sandown and Shanklin are this afternoon (Wednesday) tackling  a van fire on College Close, Sandown.

Crews were called at around 17:15 to reports of a van well alight in an industrial estate, close to buildings.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have brought the fire under control, but the vehicle has been completely destroyed.

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imageUPDATE @ 18:05 – Witnesses have told Island Echo that the electrics on the vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinter, started to short with the windscreen wipers and washers, horn and hazard lights all going off by themselves before the fire took hold.

The commercial vehicle has been completely destroyed by the blaze, which has effected a container situated next to it.

Firefighters remain on scene damping down.

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