Lorry carrying hay catches fire in Portishead

Old Mill Road, Portishead

Over 50 calls were made to report a lorry fire on Old Mill Road in Portishead in the early hours of Saturday morning.

When crews arrived the lorry carrying 30 tonnes of hay was well alight. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three water jets and two hose reels to tackle the fire.

A nearby commercial property, a vehicle transporter carrying 11 cars and one street light suffered radiated heat damage.

A local farmer, assisted crews who were damping down, with the removal of the remaining hay using a JCB.

Initially four crews attended the incident, two from Portishead and Avonmouth but crews remained on scene until 16.38hrs.

No one was injured as a result of the incident however the fire is thought to have been started deliberately