Wednesday 20 September 2017

Truck blaze leaves cheese toasted

A lorry containing 24 tonnes of cheese has caught fire on a rural road in Somerset
A lorry containing 24 tonnes of cheese has caught fire on a rural road in Somerset

A lorry containing 24 tonnes of cheese has caught fire on a rural road in Somerset.

Firefighters said the incident happened on the A359 at Galhampton Hill, near Castle Cary, shortly before 8am on Thursday.

The road was closed to traffic near the junction with the B3152 while four fire crews and a water carrier tackled the blaze.

"The fire was spreading rapidly through the articulated lorry, subsequently setting the cheese alight," said a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman.

"The fire is believed to have been caused by a fault on the lorry, which was on its way to the garage to get the fault fixed at the time it caught fire."

The fire was put out shortly before 9.15am, with police and firefighters spending several hours afterwards clearing the scene to allow traffic to pass. The road reopened early on Thursday afternoon.

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