CONTINGENCY plans were put in place after a Fife Council bin lorry caught fire in Dunfermline causing rush hour tailbacks.

A fire broke out in the cabin of the truck at around 5pm yesterday (Wednesday) on St Margaret's Drive.

Two fire engines were called out to the scene as lengthy queues formed on St Leonard's Street and Queensferry Road.

There were no casualties and Fife Council say no bin collections have been affected following the incident.

Shaun Kenyon, team manager waste operations, said: "There was a fire that affected one of our Refuse Collection Vehicles, there were no casualties.

"We have contingency plans in place, and all bin collections are running as normal.

"All of our vehicles are regularly serviced and inspected. We are assisting the fire service to investigate this incident."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman, said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 5.07pm on Wednesday, January 16 to reports of a vehicle on fire in Dunfermline.

“Operations Control mobilised two fire engines to St Margarets Drive where firefighters extinguished the fire involving a bin lorry.

“There were no casualties.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”