‘Explosions lit up sky with fireballs’ at M5 services

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A witness has told how a burning lorry on the M5 “lit up the sky” with flames he compared to fireballs.

All emergency services were called to Junction 19, Gordano Services, around 11.17pm yesterday (July 21) after a HGV caught fire.

Passing driver Aaron said: “I arrived at the scene when just the cabin was alight. I felt concerned so I immediately called the fire brigade.”

“A few minutes before they arrived, two large explosions occurred, at the same level of extremely loud fireworks.”

The 19-year-old, who did not wish to give his surname, said the explosions “lit up the sky” with flames like fireballs.

He added: “Smoke was continuously billowing from the cabin and container was alight.

“The fire grew, and as the fire brigade arrived, there were white sparks emitting from the cabin.

“As the fire brigade extinguished the fire in a timely manner, it spread towards the back of the lorry.

“The police then moved everyone on as the fire went out.”

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A still from footage of M5 Gordano Services lorry fire

Aaron says one or two ambulances attended, along with police and six to eight fire engines. The emergency services told him to leave at around 11.45pm.

An Avon Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: “Crews from Patchway, Avonmouth and Temple fire stations were mobilised to reports of a HGV fire at Easton in Gordano at 11.17pm.

“On arrival, firefighters found a lorry on fire. Crews used two breathing apparatus for safety and two high pressure hose reels including one with foam attack to extinguish the fire.

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“Crews also used three environmental packs to prevent fuel entering the watercourse.”

The cause is thought to be accidental.

Aaron says there did not seem to be any injuries. South Western Ambulance Service has been approached for more details.

One lane exiting the services remains closed due to the fire melting the road surface.

You can see our live coverage of the incident here.

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