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Firefighters spend hours tackling lorry fire on A404

Firefighters spend hours tackling lorry fire on A404

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Firefighters spent more than three hours this morning tackling a lorry fire on the A404.

Crews from Maidenhead, High Wycombe and Beaconsfield were called to the scene on the southbound carriageway, near Burchetts Green Roundabout, at about 2am.

A lorry trailer carrying nitrous oxide cannisters, beer kegs and cleaning fluids had caught fire with the goods ‘bubbling away’ under the severe heat.

Crews had to fight the blaze defensively at first due to the threat of the goods inside but managed put the flames out with help from a water bowser supplied from Bracknell.

The lorry driver managed to unclip his cab from the trailer and avoided injury.

Thames Valley Police said the northbound carriageway of the A404 has now reopened but the southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for most of the day for resurfacing works. 

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