Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent A500 road reopens after lorry fire

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Media captionThe lorry was carrying a mixed load, including flammable gas and pallets

The A500 in Stoke-on-Trent has reopened after a lorry fire in the early hours.

The northbound carriageway of the road was completely closed for nine hours after the fire broke out at about 04:15 GMT.

One lane reopened in the afternoon to allow resurfacing work to be carried out on the road.

Staffordshire Fire Service attended incident on Shelton Old Road between Cliffe Vale and Etruria.

'Thought it was fireworks'

The lorry was carrying a mixed load, including flammable gas and a quantity of pallets.

The fire service had advised people in nearby North Street to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

Carl Mason from Staffordshire Fire Service said: "On first arrival, we were confronted with a very severe large LGV fire."

Mr Mason said the driver noticed the fire in its early stages and was not injured.

One resident said: "We wondered what it was. I thought it was fireworks, but when I looked through the curtains all I could see were flames.

"They were going past the lampposts. We were really worried about it."

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