'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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Residents saw 'man on fire in the street'

The burnt out van on Mare Street, Hackney Credit: ITV News

Residents in Hackney told ITV News London they heard two loud bangs before seeing a man "on fire in the street".

The man, who is in his thirties and was working nearby in Mare Street, is fighting for his life in hospital.

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters attended the scene at around 12:15pm.

The blaze, which also damaged the ground floor of a nearby shop, was brought under control after just over an hour.

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