Parcels saved in van fire

A DELIVERY driver frantically emptied all the parcels out of his van after a blown tyre set fire to the vehicle.

The Parcel Force van stopped on the B1281 in Castle Eden, off the A19 near Hartlepool, after suffering a flat tyre.

The driver and a passer-by tried to tackle the blaze with a small extinguisher before giving up and quickly emptying the van of its parcels.

Firefighters soon arrived and quickly killed the flames.