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West Midlands National Highway tweeted about the incident and warned motorists that a section of the motorway is closed.

The tweet read: “The M6 southbound is closed between J3 (Coventry) and J2 (M69) due to a vehicle fire.

“Emergency services and Traffic Officers are en route to scene.

“Delays are beginning to build on approach, please avoid the area if possible and allow extra journey time.”

It appears that the fire may have been caused by a heavy goods vehicle on the M6.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service also tweeted: “One heavy goods vehicle well alight between Junctions 3 and 2 on the M6.

“Three fire appliances and a water carrier in attendance.”

A Twitter user commented about the incident and claimed that the sound of explosions had woken him up.

National Highways West Midlands warned people to “avoid the area if possible”.

It also added: “Fire crews are working at scene to extinguish the blaze.

“If you are caught within the closure, we will be releasing traffic via the rear of the queue.

“Please remain in your vehicle and await instruction.”