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Firefighters called to crane fire at Blue Bell Hill

By Chris Hunter

Drivers faced gridlock after a crane caught fire on the A229 at Blue Bell Hill.

Crews were called just after 4.50pm to deal with the incident on Chatham bound carriageway, and were using breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to tackle the fire.

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Firefighters tackling the blaze. Picture: James Hills

Highways officials have since confirmed one lane has reopened past the scene of the vehicle fire onto Lord Lees Roundabout.

Police were also at the scene to help with the lane closure, and say no injuries have been reported.

Crews had extinguished the fire by 5.09pm and spent a further 20 minutes damping down, leaving the scene shortly before 5.30pm.

However, traffic delays were reported in the area until 8pm.

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