A CAR fire has caused major traffic delays in and around Clitheroe this evening. 

Firefighters from Clitheroe attended the scene on Whalley Road at around 17.00 and used a hose reel and breathing apparatus to put the fire out.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were on the scene for around 30 minuets. 

"The fire is thought to be down to a wire fault within the vehicle. 

"Traffic was heavy in the area due to the road being closed. We have moved a set of traffic lights and blocked the car in to allow the road to be re-opened."

Traffic is said to be backed up all around the area and some bus routes have been delayed due to the incident.

Updates to follow.