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Firefighters tackle M6 lorry fire

The M6 southbound was closed near Southwaite this morning following a vehicle fire.

An HGV travelling southbound caught fire shortly before 7.15am (10 April).

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Nobody has been injured in the incident.

“For a time, all three lanes were being held.”

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “At 7:23am four fire appliances from Carlisle East, Brampton, Longtown and Penrith and one water bowser from Penrith attended a large vehicle fire on the M6 motorway between junctions 42 and 41.

“The vehicle was well alight on arrival and firefighters used compressed air foam, one main jet, one triple extension ladder and three breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

“Crews were in attendance for over four hours.”

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