Fire continues to rage on M74 near Lesmahagow

Emergency services...at fire scene (Pic by Sarah Peters)
Emergency services...at fire scene (Pic by Sarah Peters)

FIREFIGHTERS have continued to fight a blaze on the M74 between Lesmahagow and Happendon.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were sent to the incident on the northbound carriageway in response to a 999 call received shortly before 10.25am.

Firefighters from Lesmahagow, Larkhall and Douglas arrived to find a large goods vehicle well-alight on the hard shoulder.

A fourth fire engine from Lanark and the environmental protection unit from Hamilton were also sent to increase the resources available at the scene.

There are no reports of any injuries however the fire is producing large amounts of smoke and the motorway has been closed in both directions.

A Scottish Fire & Rescue spokesman gave the Gazette an update on Friday afternoon.

He said: “The incident is ongoing and 10 appliances are at the scene. Police Scotland have been controlling traffic to get people on the motorway off it.

“Crews have been using water and foam to control the fire throughout the course of the day.

“The incident is likely to go on for sometime.”