The A249 was blocked in both directions after an Argos lorry caught on fire in Sittingbourne

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An Argos lorry which caught on fire in Sittingbourne blocked a road in both directions. Emergency services, including Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue, were called to the scene at 7.23am this morning (December 21). The A249 Maidstone Road in Bobbing was blocked in both directions, and later just southbound, at Bobbing Roundabout because of the blaze.

Vehicle fire #A249 S/B closed btwn #B2006 #Bobbing + #M2 (J5) @kentfirerescue on scene tackling fire.

Pls use alternative route if poss pic.twitter.com/TvXFdh1crf
— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) December 21, 2016[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

A spokesman from Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews were called to reports of a 7.5 tonne van fire on Section 2 of the A249 Maidstone-bound near Bobbing. “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the blaze at 7.23am and two fire engines were sent. They arrived to find the delivery vehicle was well alight and both lanes of the carriageway were closed due to large plumes of smoke crossing the carriageway.

“Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel with foam to quickly bring the blaze under control. They spent a further 20 minutes making the vehicle safe and damping down, before assisting Kent Police to reopen the road.” An Argos spokesman said: “We can confirm that an Argos delivery truck caught fire early this morning on the A249 near Sittingbourne.

“Thankfully nobody was harmed during the incident. The fire brigade responded and the road was closed as a precaution. We are investigating the cause.”

A spokesman from Kent Police said: “At 7.28am on Wednesday, December 21 Kent Police was informed of a vehicle fire on the A249, near Bobbing, by Kent Fire and Rescue Service. “The road has been closed and officers are currently assisting with traffic management.” Fire crews had left the scene by 8.03am.

Motorists were warned to drive carefully and avoid the area where possible.

Read more: Two vehicles crashed head-on while driving on the A21 in Weald[9]

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.kentlive.news)
  2. ^ #A249 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #B2006 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #Bobbing (twitter.com)
  5. ^ #M2 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ @kentfirerescue (twitter.com)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/TvXFdh1crf (t.co)
  8. ^ December 21, 2016 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Two vehicles crashed head-on while driving on the A21 in Weald (www.kentlive.news)

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