Cause of A38 lorry fire revealed

September 20, 2018

FIRE crews rushed to the A38 yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 19) as a lorry carrying gas canisters caught fire.

Flames could be seen billowing from the flatbed lorry, which we now know was carrying seven propane cylinders, on the exit slip road from the A38 Southbound at Weeford Island.

Staffordshire Fire and rescue said that they were first called to the incident at 3.09pm and they dispatched crews from Lichfield and Tamworth to the incident.

Two firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet and a dry powder extinguisher to put out the fire.

The propane cylinders on the lorry.
The propane cylinders on the lorry. (Credit: SFRS)

The Fire Service has confirmed that the fire was caused by a short circuit in the generator which caused an explosion and that fortunately there were no injuries.

Local resident Lewis Ashby captured video footage, which can be seen below, on his mobile phone after calling 999 to summon the emergency services.  

The slip road was closed into the night as re-surfacing work was required for the carriageway surface to be safe.

Video Credit: Lewis Ashby
The aftermath of the fire.
The aftermath of the fire. (Credit: SFRS)