Vehicle blaze on hard shoulder near Ottery was accident say fire service

Firefighters believe a blaze which destroyed a vehicle near Ottery St Mary on Saturday morning was accidental.

Crews from Ottery and Topsham were called to the A30 between the Daisymount and Patteson’s Cross junctions shortly before 11am on Saturday, November 30, after the fire service received ‘a number’ of calls reporting the vehicle blaze.

When firefighters arrived, they confirmed a vehicle was well alight on the hard shoulder.

Crews wore breathing apparatus while tackling the blaze and police and Highways helped with traffic so firefighters could work safely.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire engines from Topsham and Ottery St Mary were quickly mobilised and soon arrived on scene.

“Fire crews on scene confirmed one vehicle well alight on the hard shoulder.

“Police and Highways assisted fire crews with traffic to enable them to safely work on the fire.”

The spokesperson added: “Unfortunately the vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire.

“The incident was left in the hands of Highways.

“The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.”


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