THE bravery of firefighters averted a potential disaster in Oldbury when a lorry carrying a fuel tanker went up in flames.

Firefighters were called to Bromford Road, Oldbury, on yesterday afternoon after a severe blaze engulfed the lorry cab.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Fire Service said: “We were called to a vehicle fire in Oldbury where there was a severe fire in the cab of a 3,000 gallon road tanker loaded with 1,600 gallons of waste fuel.”

After tackling the blaze with four jets a delicate operation had to be carried out to tip the cab up and ensure the fire didn’t spread to the fuel tanker.

The spokesman added: “The fire was an accident and crews from Oldbury attended.”