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M5 lorry fire

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to a lorry fire on the M5 motorway this morning. 

The first of six calls was received just after 4.50am reporting that a lorry loaded with waste foam was on fire on the northbound carriageway of the M5, between junctions 4A and 4.

Fire crews from Bromsgrove, Redditch and Northfield (from West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service) were first at the scene and were quickly joined by further crews from Droitwich and Redditch, who used the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) to help tackle the fire.

The fire was brought under control by around 7.10am but crews remained at the scene after this, with firefighters in breathing apparatus cutting away and damping down to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

While there were no reports of any injuries, the articulated lorry trailer, said to be carrying around 40 bales of waste foam, was severely damaged by the fire.

Group Manager Mick Cadman from HWFRS said: “In the interests of safety, it was necessary to close all three lanes of the M5 north while the fire was brought under control. We always do all that we can to re-open lanes as quickly as possible following an incident of this nature but do have to wait until the vehicle involved has been recovered before the motorway can fully re-open.”