Truck of Birds Eye potato waffles destroyed after lorry catches fire on the M6

Emergency services brought traffic to a standstill on the M6 this morning after a lorry full of potato waffles caught fire. Crews from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) rushed to the scene between junctions 20 and 21 at around 7.35am this morning, October 6. Five fire engines from Lymm, Birchwood, Warrington, Runcorn, and Knutsford rushed to the blaze at the Thelwall viaduct.

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Images shared by CFRS showed firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackling the fire using three hose reels, with some members of the crews being surrounded by smoke as they attempted to put out the flames.

The rear of the vehicle during the fire

A third picture showed the aftermath of the fire, with the lorry damaged from the blaze and a large portion of the waffles inside completely charred. A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue said: “Firefighters are currently dealing with a HGV on fire on the M6 northbound, Thelwall viaduct between junctions 20 and 21. “Crews wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the fire using three hose reels.”

Truck of Birds Eye potato waffles destroyed after lorry catches fire on the M6What was left after the blaze was extinguished

At 9.06am, firefighters were continuing to shuttle water to the scene and lowered the number of hose reels to two, with a recovery vehicle at the scene waiting to remove the vehicle.

The fire was extinguished by 9.32am. Shortly after 11.30am, two crews remained at the scene, using a thermal imaging camera to check for any hidden hot spots and to dampen down the area to ensure it was safe. Firefighters were also using a grab crane to remove the contents from the truck.

Lane one remains closed, with the road set to clear by around 6.30pm this evening.

There are currently delays of around 45 minutes for drivers travelling in the area.