A TANKER carrying 22,000 litres of hazardous chemicals was involved in a fire in Widnes.
Firefighters from Widnes rushed to the scene of the fire on the A577 near Earle Road, after a tyre on a lorry transporting liquid chlorine, caught fire.
But Cheshire Fire Service said the driver of the Suttons Transport vehicle knew exactly how to handle the emergency and had doused the flames with a dry fire extinguisher before the fire brigade arrived.
Leading firefighter Gary Simpson, who was at the incident, said: 'The tanker containing liquid chlorine was in no danger throughout the fire as the fire was contained to the cab unit.
'If the tanker had been damaged it would have been a completely different situation, we would have to clear the area, wear full chemical clothing and breathing apparatus.
'Thankfully the chances of that happening from an incident like this are a million-to-one.
'We don't know yet how the tyre caught fire but we suspect it was probably just friction from the brakes.'