UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Driver lucky to be alive after meat lorry catches fire on the A31 near Ringwood

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UPDATE: A31 near Ringwood reopened after refrigerated meat lorry fire

Driver Andrew House with his lorry

UPDATE: A31 near Ringwood reopened after refrigerated meat lorry fire

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A LORRY driver was lucky to escape with his life after his cab caught fire on a busy dual carriageway.

Traffic on the eastbound A31 near Ringwood was brought to a standstill by the blaze shortly after the morning rush-hour yesterday.

The blaze involved a refrigerated lorry containing meat.

Driver Andrew House said the fire had broken out in the engine compartment of his vehicle and quickly spread to the refrig-eration unit.

He said he was lucky to escape his cab in time.

Mr House added: “The fire spread from the middle of the cab. I realised I had to get out quickly and so I jumped out. I was really lucky to get out. I am shaken up.

“It caught fire quickly. It was ferocious.”

Amazingly, Mr House escaped without a scratch from his ordeal.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue said they were called at 9.39am to the fire on the eastbound carriageway of the A31 at Poulner Hill. Two crews from Ringwood attended.

They said the fire was believed to have started in the cab of the 18-tonne lorry and was ‘well-alight’ on arrival.

Firefighters used two sets of breathing apparatus and hoses to fight the fire.

It was extinguished by 10.20am and firefighters remained on the scene for around 20 minutes damping down.

Traffic built up towards the Ringwood and Fordingbridge turnoffs.

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11:02am Tue 11 Feb 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

BBQ?
BBQ? PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: -2

11:15am Tue 11 Feb 14

Adrian XX says...

It must smell delicious!
It must smell delicious! Adrian XX
  • Score: 0

11:19am Tue 11 Feb 14

mikey2gorgeous says...

Mmmmmm.... HAMpshire!
Mmmmmm.... HAMpshire! mikey2gorgeous
  • Score: 10

11:25am Tue 11 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

The firemen had thier beef Wellington's on.
The firemen had thier beef Wellington's on. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

11:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

djd says...

Plenty of crackling on the pork then?
Plenty of crackling on the pork then? djd
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

All jokes aside and they are good, hope the driver is ok.
All jokes aside and they are good, hope the driver is ok. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 16

12:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Make mine medium rare.
Make mine medium rare. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: -2

1:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ekimnoslen says...

Bit early for BBQ!
Bit early for BBQ! ekimnoslen
  • Score: -3

1:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Andy_Moordown says...

Something tells me there is more here than meats the eye.
Something tells me there is more here than meats the eye. Andy_Moordown
  • Score: 10

2:04pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Controversial But True says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
All jokes aside and they are good, hope the driver is ok.
He is, but he did have a full head of hair just before the fire!
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: All jokes aside and they are good, hope the driver is ok.[/p][/quote]He is, but he did have a full head of hair just before the fire! Controversial But True
  • Score: 0

3:57pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Sgt McNutt says...

Come on, be sensible. Lives were at steak.
Come on, be sensible. Lives were at steak. Sgt McNutt
  • Score: 13

4:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Andy_Moordown wrote:
Something tells me there is more here than meats the eye.
You think he is telling porkies.
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Moordown[/bold] wrote: Something tells me there is more here than meats the eye.[/p][/quote]You think he is telling porkies. High Treason
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Tue 11 Feb 14

MrPitiful says...

Whoever made this truck should get a right roasting.
Whoever made this truck should get a right roasting. MrPitiful
  • Score: -2

5:33pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ragj195 says...

I must remind myself how lucky I am everytime the handle of my car door works and I am able to get out.
I must remind myself how lucky I am everytime the handle of my car door works and I am able to get out. ragj195
  • Score: -3

6:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

topofall says...

Silly Echo, it was this morning, Tuesday, not yesterday! I was there and it was around 10.30.
Silly Echo, it was this morning, Tuesday, not yesterday! I was there and it was around 10.30. topofall
  • Score: -1

6:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lucky Rich says...

Ringwood market tomorrow , don't buy any smoked meat off of the flat hat lot........:-) .
Ringwood market tomorrow , don't buy any smoked meat off of the flat hat lot........:-) . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 0

6:50pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Vixxyvic says...

The fire started around 9.40 this morning it was my picture they are using glad the driver is ok!
The fire started around 9.40 this morning it was my picture they are using glad the driver is ok! Vixxyvic
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Isn't it nice to read some decent humorous comments for once !
Isn't it nice to read some decent humorous comments for once ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SympatheticSam says...

Bac on the subject, how did this fire start? Was there flamegrills at steak?
Bac on the subject, how did this fire start? Was there flamegrills at steak? SympatheticSam
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SympatheticSam says...

Sorry, I'll stop horsemeating around.
Sorry, I'll stop horsemeating around. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -1

7:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Can we move on.this is tripe and a load of Bolagnase
Can we move on.this is tripe and a load of Bolagnase kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

By Katie Clark and Jane Reader - morning rush-hour yesterday.

Give these ladies a promotion! Between the 2 of them they dont know the day!
By Katie Clark and Jane Reader - morning rush-hour yesterday. Give these ladies a promotion! Between the 2 of them they dont know the day! hooplaa
  • Score: 0

11:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

sprintervanman says...

If you have ever sat inside a cab as a engine ignited you would understand just how frightening it is.Smoke through the footwells then flames in front of you.Glad the driver got out.No time to think about heroic actions or the loss of cargo.Just get out and stay safe.
If you have ever sat inside a cab as a engine ignited you would understand just how frightening it is.Smoke through the footwells then flames in front of you.Glad the driver got out.No time to think about heroic actions or the loss of cargo.Just get out and stay safe. sprintervanman
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cromwell9 says...

Good heavens not another roast dinner,
(Glad the driver was okay.
Good heavens not another roast dinner, (Glad the driver was okay. cromwell9
  • Score: 0

8:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Vixxyvic wrote:
The fire started around 9.40 this morning it was my picture they are using glad the driver is ok!
Well done Vix their own photographer specializes in toy Daleks on the side of the road
[quote][p][bold]Vixxyvic[/bold] wrote: The fire started around 9.40 this morning it was my picture they are using glad the driver is ok![/p][/quote]Well done Vix their own photographer specializes in toy Daleks on the side of the road kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

11:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Craig House says...

I love the jokes and how you guys find this funny but I'm just glad my dad got out safely so how about you keep your immaturity to yourself and imaging if that was your dad and how close we were to losing him!!!
I love the jokes and how you guys find this funny but I'm just glad my dad got out safely so how about you keep your immaturity to yourself and imaging if that was your dad and how close we were to losing him!!! Craig House
  • Score: 2

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