Fire crews spend six hours tackling lorry fire

Photos courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue

Around 80% of a lorry has been destroyed by fire in Cheshire.

Firefighters were called to reports of a blaze involving a heavy goods vehicle at the Red Bull traffic lights on the A34 Congleton Road South in Church Lawton at around 8.15pm last night (22 November).

On arrival they discovered the vehicle, which contained mixed food, was well alight.

Firefighters detached the HGV's tractor unit to prevent the fire from spreading to it, and set up a water shuttle to get enough water to the area.

An aerial platform was set up to fight the fire from above.

Once the fire was out firefighters used hose reel jets to damp the area down. and a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots and make sure that the scene was safe.

It took around six hours for the blaze to be fully extinguished.

The Environment Agency and United Utilities were informed that a quantity of water mixed with food from the HGV had entered the drains.

The council's highways department was informed that a significant amount of water had gone onto the roadway.


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