A LORRY blaze sparked major disruption on the county’s main trunk road.
There were massive tailbacks for commuters during rush-hour on the A55 yesterday after the early morning blaze.
North Wales Fire and Rescue said an electrical fault was to blame for the fire which happened at about 4.20am between junctions 32 and 33 at Pentre Halkyn on the westbound carriageway.
A lane closure remained in place until 2pm.
A spokesman for the fire service confirmed the lorry, carrying paper, was totally damaged by fire.
The driver of the cab escaped injury.
Aaron Haley, who travels to Mold from Colwyn Bay every day, said: “It looked like it was causing major disruption when I went past at about 8.40am.
“I came off at Northop and you could see how traffic was already building already much further back. It looked like it had caused significant problems for everyone.”
Fire crews from Holywell and St Asaph attended the scene after they received a call at 4.22am.
One lane of the affected section of the A55, between Holywell and Northop, was re-opened after the entire westbound carriageway had been initially closed in the aftermath of the incident.
Debris was still being removed mid-morning as tailbacks reaching about three miles continued to stretch back along the carriageway with traffic being brought to a standstill.
A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “Flintshire Council provided lane closures to enable the removal of the lorry and to allow an inspection of the road to be undertaken. The lane closure was removed at 2pm.”