Fire crews tackle recovery vehicle blaze on dual carriageway near Exeter

Crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle a blaze near Exeter after a recovery vehicle caught fire on the A38 Splatford to Haldon road at around 7pm on Tuesday evening (December 1).

The fire service received several reports of the stricken recovery vehicle, which was well-alight on the road.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of the fire was accidental and severely damaged the vehicle.

A DSFRS spokesperson said: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received multiple reports of a recovery vehicle on fire.

“Fire control immediately mobilised one fire appliance from Danes Castle and one from Middlemoor.

“On arrival the incident commander confirmed one recovery vehicle well alight on the carriageway and crews used one hose reel jet and four breathing apparatus wearers to extinguish the fire.

“The vehicle was severely damaged by fire and the cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental.”

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