A LORRY trailer filled with scrap metal caught fire on Bath Road in Ashcott, near Bridgwater.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 12.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 31) after a large plume of smoke could be seen travelling across the A39 between Bridgwater and Street.

Bridgwater Mercury:

Crews requested backup in the form of a water carrier and aerial ladder platform from Bridgwater, and managed to get the attached vehicle clear of the trailer.

Bridgwater Mercury:

The team battled the blaze for just short of five hours and extinguished the blaze using monitors, a compressed air foam system jet, a hydraulic platform backed up with two water carriers and a dam, two breathing apparatus, a thermal image camera and a triple extension ladder.  

Pictures: Glastonbury Fire Station