Car fire on M275 causes traffic delays

Car fire on M275
Car fire on M275
Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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  • Fire spreads to fuel tank under car
  • Driver and passenger escorted to safety
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A CAR fire on the M275 has caused traffic delays.

Firefighters were called to the hard shoulder on the northbound carriageway near to Whale Island at 3.38pm.

Crews had to use foam to tackle the blaze as it had spread to the fuel tank underneath.

Richard Furse, a crew manager from Cosham station, said: ‘It was a silver Ford Focus fully engulfed in fire.

‘There were two trucks, and we had to use our foam system to put it out.

‘We handed over to the Highways Agency who were sorting out the recovery.

We ended up using the foam because the fire was underneath the vehicle in the fuel tank – that’s where it spread to

Richard Furse

‘Normally we would use just water but that wasn’t really doing the job.

‘We ended up using the foam because the fire was underneath the vehicle in the fuel tank – that’s where it spread to.’

The male driver and passenger were escorted to safety by police.

One lane of traffic was open as firefighters tackled the blaze.

At 4.41pm Portsmouth City Council’s roads Twitter page said: ‘M275 Northbound incident being managed, traffic moving

freely’.

Earlier it had said the traffic situation was improving.

Cosham and Southsea crews had returned back to the station by 4.45pm.