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THE A6 is closed in both directions near junction 39 of the M6 following a vehicle fire.

There are reports of heavy traffic following the blaze, which Cumbria Fire and Rescue says has now been extinguished.

Firefighters were called at 12:14pm and found a car well alight just outside Shap.

One firefighter wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet and extinguisher to put out the blaze.