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Car fire on M5 closes motorway
Updated 2:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in News
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A spokesperson from the fire service said: "Two fire appliances from Bridgwater were mobilised following multiple calls to a Range Rover, towing a caravan, that was on fire.
"Shortly after arriving crews increased the initial attendance by 4 further fire appliances, from Bridgwater, Taunton and Burnham, for extra water.
"Crews attended and fought the fire from both carriageways, so Police closed that section of the motorway to all traffic, until the incident was complete.
"Due to the dual fuel aspect of the Range Rover, the fire was eventually brought under control at 10.45am.
"Crews used 2 main jets, 1 hose reel jet and 2 breathing apparatus to extinguish it and confirmed it had started accidentally.
"No persons were involved or injured and duty of care was left with the owner and Police Highways."
THE incident has led to the adjournment of the conclusion to an inquest into the deaths of seven people in a crash on the M5 in November 2011.
West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose was due to give his conclusions in Taunton's Shire Hall at noon today.
But he has put that back to 2pm as several people were delayed by traffic tailbacks.
M5 closed both ways - car fire (J24-25) - just seen fire engine going south down northbound carriageway! http://t.co/NPqL5yhbAi— @davidcobley 17 April 2014
#Somerset The earlier closures on the #M5 have now been lifted. Road re-opened. At the scene of the vehicle fire, two lanes open each way.— @HAtraffic_swest 17 April 2014
This is the scene on the M5 near Taunton right now - the motorway closed in both directions J23-J26 by a car fire http://t.co/2m26uPxP6O— @bbcsomerset 17 April 2014
A spokesperson from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "We have had six appliances there at one stage because it was a dual fuel Range Rover. We needed to have a lot of water to put it out.
“We are down to the hot spots on the Range Rover now so we should be able to move it fairly soon."
We have now closed the M5 between J23-26 N and S-bound due to car fire. Avoid area if you can. Listen to local radio for updates— @ASPolice 17 April 2014
RT @DSFireUpdates: 6 Fire engines in attendance at a Car and caravan fire M5 junctions 24 Bridgwater to 25 Taunton #M5 #Fire— @mdaupdates 17 April 2014
Avoid the M5 South bound after Bridgwater http://t.co/KsdWdMAHmp— @Bristolface 17 April 2014
THE M5 is closed both ways with stationary traffic after a car has burst into flames between junctions 24 and 25 .
Visibility across the road is low due to the smoke. The car is on the southbound carriageway but the road is closed both ways while fire is dealt with.
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