Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of a lorry fire on the northbound carriageway of the M6 at around 5:13am today (Wednesday 8 March).

Three fire engines attended from Stafford, Stone and Eccleshall, along with a water carrier vehicle from Cannock. The HGV, which was fully alight, was located between junction 14 (Stafford) and junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent).

Fire crews worked to tackle the fire and once it was under control two engines left the scene. One fire engine from Stafford remains at the scene with the water carrier vehicle working to dampen down the materials and ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

It was initially believed that the load contained tinned dog food, with tins exploding in the fire. However, upon closer inspection it has been established the tins actually contain sports drink powder. The mixed load also contained white goods, malt grain, floor tiles and chocolate eggs.

Firefighters are working in partnership with colleagues from the Highways Agency, who are managing the road closures, carrying out recovery work and assessing the damage to the carriageway.

The northbound carriageway of the M6 remains closed and surrounding routes remain heavily congested.