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Large crane fire blocks Barnstaple-bound carriageway of A377 near Lapford

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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One lane of the A377 towards Barnstaple is currently blocked in the Lapford area after a crane caught fire this morning.

Fire crews from Chulmleigh and Crediton were called to the scene, just before Lapford Bridge, at around 7.30am.

Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed a fire had occurred in the engine compartment of the crane. It is thought the vehicle overheated.

They wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet and one compressed air foam jet to extinguish the blaze.

The crane was severely damaged by fire and remains at the scene while highways crews decide whether to repair it or remove it.

Police said officers are at the scene diverting traffic around the incident.

The incident will be ongoing for some time and temporary traffic lights will shortly be put in place to direct motorists around the scene.

People have already taken to Twitter to share news of the incident.

Hugh Griffith, Highway Operations Control Centre Manager for Devon County Council, said: “A377 Lapford near the railway arch earlier vehicle fire. Vehicle will need recovery. One lane blocked towards Barnstaple #devonroads”

Meanwhile, motorist Adam Clark wrote: “Lorry on fire in lapford! Diversion through the sticks....you know its going to be fun trip to work when there is grass in middle of road!!”

Do you have any photos of the crane fire? Send your picture to us on Twitter @ThisisNDevon or email them to emma.glanfield@localworld.co.uk

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