Fire crews leave scene of tanker blaze which shut road for hours

Fire crews left the scene of a petrol tanker blaze which closed the A394 near Helston for several hours on Sunday 1 August, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

With concerns the tanker was full of highly-flammable petrol, several Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service crews rushed to the scene of the tanker fire on Sunday (August 1) just before 6pm.

Thankfully, the driver of the lorry was able to flee the vehicle, and shocking video taken by Jeanette Hill captured the moment thick black smoke hurtled into the sky from the tanker on the side of the road as shocked drivers passed the scene.

Firefighters spent several hours at the scene, battling the fully-laden petrol tanker.

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The fire caused the A394 to be closed by Devon and Cornwall Police, and according to traffic site Inrix at the time of the fire, the road had been closed in both directions between the Gweek turn off in Edgcumbe and the B3297 Falmouth Road near Helston.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Force Incident manager (FIM) confirmed that the fire was mainly contained to the cab of the vehicle and by the time firefighters arrived it was already fully alight.

As well as firefighters and police officers, workers from Western Power and BT were also called to the scene as the blaze was believed to have affected nearby poles carrying wires.

Petrol tanker on fire on A394
Petrol tanker on fire on A394
(Image: Jeanette Hill)

The fire service confirmed in an update at 9.20pm on Sunday, all resources had left the scene, and the incident had been handed over to a responsible person.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Critical Control received multiple calls reporting a tanker on fire.

“One caller stated this was a fully laden petrol tank involved in fire. Two appliances were immediately mobilised from Helston and Falmouth Community Fire Stations along with a flexi-duty officer.

“En route, the Falmouth appliance requested the foam unit to attend from Newquay.

“This was mobilised with a further supporting appliance. A further flexi-duty officer was mobilised. This was followed by a request for a water carrier which was mobilised from Helston.

“At this time crews are fighting the fire defensively using a monitor and main jet.

“At 21.20, all resources have now left the incident scene. The incident has been handed over to a responsible person.”

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