Fire at North Runcton timber yard, near King’s Lynn, was arson
PUBLISHED: 11:51 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:19 23 January 2017
Today it emerged the blaze at Common Lane could continue burning for another week.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”