EMERGENCY services were called to a van on fire at the side of the A19 on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The van suffered mechanical failure and the engine started smoking on the A19, near to the Dalton Piercy turn-off at The Windmill pub.
Fire brigade and police officers attended the scene.
The incident happened at around 12.15pm on Wednesday.
The vehicle was recovered at 1.20pm.