FIRE ALERTS: Van blaze, hedge fire and fuel leak

Firefighters were called out to deal with an incident on Campden Road near Portobello Farm, Shipston-on-Stour.
Firefighters were called out to deal with an incident on Campden Road near Portobello Farm, Shipston-on-Stour.

A van caught fire in Market Harborough after an electrical fault, prompting a call-out for the town’s firefighters.

It happened in Braybrooke Road, Market Harborough, at about 3.20pm on Friday.

A fire crew from Harborough’s station used a hose reel and two breathing apparatus while putting out the flames.

The cause was an electrical fault and the fire ‘seriously damaged’ the van, according to the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service daily report log.

Meanwhile, the town’s fire service was put on alert to two minor incidents in the area yesterday (Sunday).

The first was near the Grand Union Canal in Gumley Road, Foxton, after a small fire in a hedge was reported at 11.51am yesterday.

The suspected cause was accidental, as per the report log, but the fire was out when firefighters arrived and so no further action was required.

The second was in a car park off Springfield Street in Harborough town centre last night at about 9.30pm.

A motorcycle was leaking fuel but, again, it had been halted by the time firefighters arrived on scene.

They used a hose reel to help wash away the fuel from the road surface.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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