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Fire closes A19 at Thirsk – motorists urged to avoid the area

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Fire ServicePolice are advising motorists to avoid the A19 at Thirsk as they deal with a vehicle fire.

Officers were alerted at around 9.45am today (21 August 2012) after reports that a load of hay bales had caught fire on the back of a wagon on the A170.

The vehicle is on fire on a bridge over the A19 and flaming debris is falling onto the carriageway below. As a result the A19 is closed in both directions as emergency services deal with the fire.

Traffic is currently being diverted through Thirsk.

There are currently 4 fire pumps in attendance and Fire officers expect the A19 to remain closed for up to three hours.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the incident.

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