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Emergency services / Van destroyed by fire near airport

The burnt out van near Sumburgh airport. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

A FIFTY four year old driver of a van was taken to hospital for “assessment and treatment” on Wednesday evening after his vehicle caught fire near to the traffic lights at Sumburgh Airport.

Firefighters from the airport had extinguished the blaze before crews from Sumburgh and Sandwick arrived at the scene.

The call to Scottish Fire and Rescue came at 8.30pm. A spokeswoman for the service said crews used ground monitors to check the temperature.

A Police Scotland spokesperson added: “Around 8.25pm on 16 September officers received a report of a car on fire near to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland.

“A 54-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance for assessment and treatment. There was no wider risk to the public or the airport.”

The departure of one oil flight was delayed by the fire.