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Lorry blaze closes M20 for four hours

M20 lorry fire, taken by Brian Falconer
M20 lorry fire, taken by Brian Falconer

M20 lorry fire. Picture: Brian Falconer

by Anna White

This is the moment a lorry blaze blocked part of the M20 for almost four hours.

The vehicle, which was carrying paper, caught alight yesterday at about 4.15pm, between J7 (Grove Green) and J6 (Blue Bell Hill).

Police shut all four lanes of the London-bound carriageway while three fire crews and a water unit from Kent Fire and Rescue tackled the flames.

Crews used breathing apparatus and hose reels to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters left the scene at 5.15pm, shortly after two lanes were re-opened.

Another lane was cleared at 6pm and all lanes were flowing again by 8pm.

Motorists were diverted along the the A20 to avoid the closure.

The incident caused major traffic problems in Maidstone town centre and the A249 Detling Hill.

No one was injured.

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