The A249 closed after HGV catches alight

Police and Kent Fire and Rescue have closed the A249 between Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey in Kent following a vehicle fire.


At around 8.30 am on Tuesday morning, four fire engines and a water carrier attended a heavy goods vehicle on fire on the A249 between Bobbing and Iwade.

Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.  A water carrier was also called in due to limited water supplies in the area.   The recycling lorry was unloaded in a layby doused with water before being reloaded into a new roll on roll off skip. 

A digger has also been called to the scene to assist with the remove and reloading of the waste.  The A249 remains closed between Sittingbourne and Iwade.

Kent Fire and Rescue have been approached for comment.



Traffic is said to slow-moving  on local diversion route that have been set up due to the closure with reports of traffic back to the M2 motorway