West Berkshire traffic caused by vehicle on fire

TRAFFIC was building more than usual in Pangbourne and surrounding areas yesterday due to a vehicle that had caught fire in the high street. It happened just outside of local gift shop The Rhubarb Tree, and was posted on social media from the shop’s account. READ MORE: Earthquake: Parts of Berkshire hit by tremors of 3.6 magnitude quake

The picture shows a fire truck at the scene next to a yellow campervan as smoke billows across the road. The post reads: “Traffic chaos this evening is caused by a VW bus that has caught fire.” The incident happened at around 4pm yesterday (September 7), and affected traffic into the evening.

A member of staff from the shop said: “There was lots of smoke, it happened right outside the shop. “I understand no one was hurt. “It’s sad to lose a campervan though – they represent such freedom and fun times.”

A spokesman from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the incident, adding: “At 4:12pm on Monday, September 7, we received reports of a small vehicle on fire on Church Road, Pangbourne. READ MORE: Bracknell: Driver stopped with no insurance or license “A Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crew from Dee Road was sent to the scene.

“Upon arrival, the crew found a camper van on fire.

One firefighter wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one hose reel before making the scene safe.

“The crew was on the scene for approximately 40 minutes.”

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