Driver taken to hospital after fire destroys caravan on A49 near Church Stretton

A driver was taken to hospital in an incident where a touring caravan was destroyed by fire, leading to the A49 being shut in south Shropshire.

Picture: Church Stretton Fire Station
Picture: Church Stretton Fire Station

Firefighters from Church Stretton and Craven Arms were scrambled to Marshbrook on the A49 at Little Stretton at about 9.42pm on Wednesday. The A49 was closed while teams dealt with the incident.

A spokesperson for Church Stretton Fire Station said: "We have just been out to an incident on the A49 in Little Stretton where sadly someone's touring caravan was on fire and was totally destroyed.

Picture: Church Stretton Fire Station

"We had to close the A49 for a little while for safety reasons as we dealt with the incident but the road has now been fully reopened."

Crews used breathing apparatus and a hosereel jet to tackle the fire, which they say involved one touring caravan "fully involved in fire and a car 25 per cent damaged by fire."

Also at the scene was the land ambulance service and the police.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "Around 9.30pm yesterday officers received a report of a car fire on the A49 at Little Stretton.

"Officers and West Midlands Ambulance Service attended.

"The driver was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. No other injuries were reported."

The police said the incident was not arson. The fire service stop message was sent to Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service's control at 10.01pm.

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