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Cheese fire causes meltdown on A359

A lorry containing 24 tonnes of cheese caught fire on a rural road in Somerset yesterday morning. Four fire crews fought the putrid blaze, which forced the closure of the A359 at Galhampton Hill, near Castle Cary.

"The fire was spreading rapidly through the articulated lorry, subsequently setting the cheese alight," said a spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue.

"The fire is believed to have been caused by a fault on the lorry, which was on its way to the garage to get the fault fixed at the time it caught fire."

Police and firefighters spent three hours afterwards clearing the mess to allow the road to re-open.