SHEEP were rescued after a lorry fire was reported in a busy Herefordshire street.

Firefighters from Leominster fire station were called out to a report of a large livestock lorry on fire, with both pumps sent to the scene in Mill Street just after 5pm on May 9.

The lorry was carrying around 480 sheep, a fire service spokesperson said.


The street, which links the town with the A49, was briefly closed while emergency crews were on scene.

All of the sheep were transferred unharmed to a support livestock carrier, while the crews worked hard to deal with the suspected fire, which turned out to be the lorry's overheated brakes.

A spokesperson said the crews also used their environmental pack to prevent water run-off from entering the drain system.