Rayleigh: Bin lorry emptied on street as fire breaks out

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Fire service at sceneImage source, Essex Fire and Rescue Service
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The bin lorry emptied its contents on Clarence Road in Rayleigh, Essex, after a fire started in the rear of the vehicle

A bin lorry emptied its load of rubbish on a residential street after a fire broke out inside the vehicle.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene on Clarence Road in Rayleigh, Essex, at about 10:00 GMT and extinguished the blaze.

Firefighters believe it was caused by "discarded batteries", a spokeswoman for the service said.

Rochford District Council said there was a "contained fire in the rear of the vehicle this morning".

The blaze was extinguished by 10:30 and a council spokeswoman said staff were "removing the debris".

Watch manager Wayne Davey from Rayleigh Fire Station said: "Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire before it engulfed the appliance which would have caused a significant amount of costly damage both to the appliance and the road."

Image source, Toni Carter
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Essex Fire and Rescue attended and the blaze was extinguished

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