26th May 2020

A358 closed in both directions following lorry fire

One fire appliance from Taunton, Bridgwater and Ilminster along with a water carrier from Bridgwater and a duty officer were immediately mobilised following multiple calls of a vehicle fire on the A358 near West Hatch at 10:06 this morning (Saturday).

Photo: Taunton Fire Station

On arrival, the incident commander confirmed a fire within the rear of a trailer unit involving rear tyres and straw.

Crews initially got to work using a hose reel jet and managed the traffic.

The incident commander requested the attendance of the police to assist with traffic management.

The incident commander confirmed that the trailer was carrying thirty one tonnes of straw and approximately two to three tonnes was involved in fire.

Crews continued to extinguish the fire using three hose reels and two compressed air foam branches.

Police arrived on scene and assisted the crew with traffic management.

A local farmer assisted the crews with a mechanical grab to remove the straw bales from the trailer.

Photo: Taunton Fire Station

At this time the police closed the road for the safety of the crews and the farmer on scene.

Crews were still at work with two compressed air foam branches to extinguish the fire, two thermal imaging cameras and two triple extension ladders.

The incident commander requested an ambulance for the driver who had suffered minor burns.

The incident commander believed the cause of the fire was due to the tyre exploding and was confirmed as an accidental ignition.

Photo: Taunton Fire Station


Police have reopened the A358 in both directions.

One fire crew remain at the scene damping down hotspots.

The A358 is closed in both directions around West Hatch Lane between Ilminster and Taunton as fire crews deal with a lorry fire.

Fire appliances from Taunton, Bridgwater and Ilminster are at the scene.

More details to follow.