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Lorry Fire Causes Disruption on M25 Slip Road Near Darenth

A significant lorry fire on the M25 slip road off the A2 near Darenth prompted an urgent response from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service on Thursday, 8 February 2024. The incident, which occurred in the early afternoon at around 15:17, saw a heavy deployment of firefighting resources to tackle the blaze.

Lorry engulfed in flames on bridge, heavy smoke.

Four fire engines, along with a bulk water carrier, were dispatched to the scene on the London-bound slip road for the M25 at Darenth. Firefighting crews employed the use of compressed air foam systems (CAFs) and high-pressure hose reel jets in their efforts to bring the fire under control. These methods are known for their effectiveness in dealing with large vehicle fires, allowing for rapid suppression of flames.

Lorry ablaze on bridge with heavy smoke.

Fortunately, there have been no injuries reported as a result of the incident. The swift action of the emergency services ensured that the situation was managed without harm to the individuals involved or to passing motorists.

However, the fire has caused some disruption to traffic in the area. Drivers have been advised to anticipate delays while the firefighting operation continues. The Kent Fire and Rescue Service is working diligently to extinguish the fire and clear the scene as quickly as possible to minimize the impact on the local traffic flow.

Lorry engulfed in flames on the motorway

The cause of the lorry fire has not been disclosed at this time. Investigations will likely follow once the immediate dangers have been addressed, to determine the circumstances that led to the blaze.

Motorists are urged to exercise caution when travelling near the incident site and to consider alternative routes if possible. Updates on the situation and any further travel advisories will be provided by local authorities as the firefighting efforts progress.

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