Traffic was brought to a standstill this afternoon after a van burst into flames on the A2 near Dartford.

The vehicle was parked up on the side of the road on the A2 eastbound between the M25 and Bluewater.

The large roadside fire blocked the A2 and caused four miles of congestion in the area.

All lanes are now open on the A2 eastbound but lane one on the Darenth Interchange remains closed.

Three fire engines were sent to the blaze from Kent Fire and Rescue service.

Crews used a hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which was brought under control by 12.53pm.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the van blaze is not known at this stage.

A spokesperson for Kent Fire and Rescue said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called at 11.51am to reports of a van alight on the A2 in Dartford.

“Three fire engines were sent to the scene and crews wore breathing apparatus while using hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

“No injuries were reported and the cause is not yet known.

“Stop time: 12.53pm.”

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