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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lorry Fire on the A38

15/11/2011

Crews from Lichfield, Barton-under-Needwood and Cannock have tackled a severe lorry fire on the A38 today.

"Luckily only the trailer was involved in the fire as the driver had the astuteness to move the cab away from the trailer."

Lichfield Assistant Area Commander, Paul Cullen

A call was received at 10.40am reporting the fire on the A38 southbound between Alrewas and Fradley Lane.

Lichfield Assistant Area Commander, Paul Cullen said: "The lorry driver had been driving along the A38 when he looked into his side mirror and saw smoke issuing from his trailer.

"He immediately pulled over to investigate and when he realised the trailer was on fire, he disconnected it from the cab and drove the cab to a safe distance.

"The trailer was carrying Christmas cards and paper and so was a well-developed fire on our arrival. Crews used a main jet, a hose reel jet and compressed air foam to tackle the fire. We also requested the water carrier from Cannock as a lot of water was needed to extinguish the blaze.

"Luckily only the trailer was involved in the fire as the driver had the astuteness to move the cab away from the trailer. The fire appears to have started accidentally so it was fortunate the driver spotted the smoke when he did and was able to pull over, away from the main carriageway."

Crews assisted with the clear up of the remains of the trailer and are due to leave the scene shortly.