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Fire at North Runcton timber yard, near King’s Lynn, was arson

PUBLISHED: 11:51 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:19 23 January 2017

A fire continues to burn in a timber yard in North Runcton.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

A fire continues to burn in a timber yard in North Runcton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

Today it emerged the blaze at Common Lane could continue burning for another week.

Some of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian BurtSome of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian Burt

Today police said the fire was deliberately started.

People living around the site were advised to keep their windows closed after the fire broke out on Saturday. Firefighters believe it could take some days to burn itself out.

Some of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian BurtSome of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian Burt

Officials from the fire service, west Norfolk council, the Environment Agency and the police met this afternoon to discuss the fire.

Norfolk fire service will oversee a “controlled burn” which is expected to take up to seven days, due to the amount of wood involved.

Some of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian BurtSome of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian Burt

Environmental health officers will make daily visits to assess the impact of the plume.

So far rivers and groundwater have not been polluted. People are advised to avoid being in the plume as far as possible and to avoid contact with any smoke deposits

The fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian Burt

Residents are advised to keep windows and doors shut, and avoid spending unnecessary time outdoors.

Drivers who have to travel through the plume should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.

The fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian Burt

Crews from King’s Lynn, Sandringham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Thetford and Wymondham were sent to the scene over the weekend.

Mark Fuller, who owns the site, said: “It’s under investigation, there’ll be no comment on that.”

The fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire at North Runcton can be seen from miles away. Picture: Ian Burt

Some of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian BurtSome of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian Burt

Some of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian BurtSome of the roads near the fire at North Runcton are currently closed. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire at North Runcton, which burned for around a month. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire at North Runcton, which burned for around a month. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

The fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian BurtThe fire continues to burn at North Runcton. Picture: Ian Burt

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