Update: Delays on A14 after fire engine blaze

A14 fire

A14 fire - Credit: Contributed

DRIVERS on the A14 eastbound face continued delays this afternoon following a blaze involving a military fire engine.

The vehicle was travelling on the eastbound A14 between Needham Market and Claydon when the incident took place at about 12.30pm.

Fire crews from Needham Market, Stowmarket and Prices Street Fire Station in Ipswich were sent to the scene to deal with the RAF rescue tender unit.

Crews used two hose reel jets and a 45ml jet to tackle the flames and the road was closed to traffic heading east.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The A14 was closed eastbound after junction 51. Drivers were urged to find alternative routes as traffic in the area was very heavy.

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“Two fire engines carried out a water shuttle to and from the incident as no fire hydrants were available on the side of the A14.”

The crews stayed at the scene to help clear debris and prevent any spilled fuel from igniting before heading back to their bases at 3pm.

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There were no injuries and traffic around the scene remains disrupted and delayed.

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