UPDATE: Vehicle fire closes A17

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A vehicle fire closed the A17 in both directions yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon as thick smoke billowed across the carriageway.

Four fire crews attended the scene tackling the blaze on the A17 near East Heckington involving three articulated lorry trailers stored on land at the side of the road.

Fire crews from Billinghay, Sleaford, Donington and Boston attended the site between East Heckington and Swineshead Bridge at about 1.39pm.

The road was closed in both directions by police from the A1121 to the B1395 Sidebar Lane but was reopened by 4.30pm.

Police directed traffic but there were long delays in the area.

They said the road was closed due to heavy smoke in the area and opened once the smoke was cleared.

A police spokesman said: “The fire was located in a twin axle HGV box trailer which was in a field. The fire was believed to have been started deliberately but the owner could not be found.

“We understand the vehicle had been in the field for approximately 10 years. A road closure was put in at Bicker Bar, for the four fire engines that attended.”

Ros Louth, owner of Abbey Parks Farm Shop in East Heckington said the fire started on land to the right hand side of the road heading towards Boston, neighbouring their farm.

She said later yesterday afternoon: “The road has been closed, but I think it has now re-opened as traffic is passing slowly from Boston towards Sleaford.”

She added: “I don’t know who the land belongs to but they have four containers parked there and one of them caught fire. They called the fire brigade as the fire was blowing directly across the road. There was thick black smoke so it was quite dangerous. It is out now, thank goodness, but our trade has been dead as a dodo, as a result.”

* Send your photos and videos of the blaze to: andy.hubbert@jpress.co.uk