Extra fire appliances from Crewkerne, Chard and Yeovil were called to assist with a hay lorry fire on Ilminster Bypass, yesterday afternoon. The major fire of an articulated lorry carrying 20 tonnes of hay was initially reported as a car fire. Fire Control mobilised Martock and Yeovil appliances at around 14:59 hrs and a second Yeovil appliance and water carrier was mobilised after subsequent calls indicated that it was a hay lorry on fire.
A spokesman for Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival, the incident commander confirmed that the lorry was well alight and requested a further three appliances and a telehandler, to assist operations. Pumps came from Crewkerne, Chard and Yeovil, the telehandler from HQ in Exeter.” An update given at 17:43 hrs, confirmed that the lorry was still well alight and the fire was being tackled using two main jets and one foam jet, with additional water being supplied from the bulk carrier. Blazing hay was unloaded from the lorry, using the fire service telehandler.
The main road was closed while joint operations with the Police and Highways, regarding the recovery of the vehicle and debris were in force. An update given at 02:06 hrs this morning, confirmed that the lorry had been removed from the highway and that fire crews were still at work, extinguishing approximately three tonnes of hay debris, using two main jets and drag forks. The lorry and trailer were completely destroyed by the fire. The major incident has been stood down and emergency services have left the scene.