1pm update: Photo gallery: Chapel Field Road reopened after car catches fire

A red Kia Rio caught fire on Chapel Field Road this morning.

A red Kia Rio caught fire on Chapel Field Road this morning. - Credit: Archant

Chapel Field Road in Norwich has been fully reopened after a car fire this morning.

Traffic was restricted to one lane northbound at the roundabout with Grapes Hill and Convent Road because of smoke blowing across the road after a car caught fire at around 11.45am.

The driver of the red Kia Rio was able to escape the burning car without injury, said a police spokesman.

The car was badly damaged in the fire, with the front bodywork melted, and charred areas visible where flames had licked above the wheel arches. The windscreen was also smashed.

Tailbacks formed back to the roundabout with St Stephen's Street as traffic waited to get through the bottleneck.

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Fire crews from Earlham and Carrow used hand appliances and hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, and the car was recovered and the road reopened at around 12.30pm.

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