Highbridge motorbike blaze shuts A38 and damages shop
These were the dramatic scenes in Highbridge this morning (Monday)
after a motorbike burst into flames, causing the closure of the
A38 and damaging a shop front.
Fire crews were called to the blaze in Church Street, just outside
the Mike Jones TV shop, at 10am.
Police closed the A38 while firefighters tackled the blaze with
a hose reel jet.
An eyewitness at the scene told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The rider
of the BMW motorbike pulled over, and smoke was seen coming from
it initially before flames engulfed it. The rider tried using a
blanket to put out the fire but it was just too intense."
"The flames quickly spread around the bike and also damaged
the canopy and shop front of Mike Jones TV. Fortunately, the rider
was not hurt."
A fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fire crews from
Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were mobilised to reports of a vehicle
fire in Church Street just after 10am."
"On arrival, crews confirmed this was a fire involving a motorcycle
that had slightly spread to a nearby shop front."
"Crews used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and used
a thermal imaging camera to check for further fire spread."
"The fire caused 100% damage to the motorcycle and 20% fire
damage to the shop front. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental."
Police diverted traffic along alternative routes while the A38
closure was in place. Bus services have been diverted too.