Cambridgeshire

Bra lorry fire shuts A14 for hours in Cambridgeshire

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Media captionThe lorry fire in Fenstanton stopped traffic

A lorry full of bras brought a major road to a standstill when it caught fire.

Motorists reported being held in traffic for hours after the blaze erupted on the A14 near Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire.

Firefighters posted a photo of the scene showing boxes of underwear which had been removed from the lorry.

The road, which was closed in both directions at about 09:30 GMT, finally re-opened at 20:00.

Cambridgeshire Fire Service said the fire was out by about 15:00 but the HGV needed to be emptied and moved.

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Image caption Fire crews said the lorry would have to be emptied before the vehicle could be recovered

The road had been closed between Cambridge and Huntingdon, with one frustrated driver posting on Twitter to say she had been stuck in her car for four hours.

Fire service group commander Stuart Smith said: "I appreciated people are stuck in traffic on both sides of the carriageway and. I'd ask anyone who needs to travel in the area to avoid it and take different routes."

The service said the road would need to be resurfaced once the HGV had been recovered.

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Image caption The lorry appeared to have been carrying women's underwear, including bras
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Image caption A large plume of black smoke could be seen in the area, south of Huntingdon

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