Lorry full of tinned fish bursts into flames on the M6

A lorry full of tinned fish burst into flames on the M6, causing the motorway to close for three hours. Highways England alerted drivers via Twitter at 2.35am today (July 2) to say that all traffic had been temporarily stopped on the M6 southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent/ Crewe ) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) while the blaze was tackled. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed on social media at 3.30am this morning to confirm that three engines were at the scene where firefighters were making 'good progress' in tackling the blaze.

LIVE: M6 gridlock after lorry full of tinned fish goes up in flames Meanwhile traffic officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were also at the scene and said it was the second of two separate vehicle fires they had attended on the network during the night. Officers also shared a dramatic picture of the incident, showing the HGV well alight, with parts of the lorry melted and huge plumes of black smoke in the air.

At around 5.50am, a spokesperson for CMPG said: "Not the 'hot' summer night D Unit were hoping for. This was the second of two separate vehicle fires we attended on the network with @StaffsFire and @HighwaysWMIDS. M6 currently closed at J16 S/B, diversion in place."

Later updates confirmed there would be no access to the southbound carriageway between junctions 16 to 14 while 'emergency resurfacing works' were carried out. Currently, traffic management system Inrix states two lanes are still closed due to recovery work of the lorry and its load of tinned fish, but traffic is coping well. The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed.

It is not known if anyone suffered any injuries during the incident.