'Exploding' van in Hackney: Worker critical

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a van exploded in Hackney.

Police and fire crews are at the scene on Mare Street, Hackney, after the van and a building set on fire at around 12:15pm.

The explosion is thought to be the result of works carried out near a generator inside a commercial property, police said.

The road remains closed.

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One in hospital after van and building blaze in Hackney

A crowd of onlookers gather as police and fire crews attend the scene in Mare Street, Hackney Credit: Instagram/marcelatg

One person has been taken to hospital following a fire on Mare Street, Hackney, the London Fire Brigade said on Twitter.

Four fire engines are still at the scene after a van and building set alight.

The road is closed in both directions.

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