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Update: Tyre fire appears to be an arson attack

PUBLISHED: 15:23 16 June 2014

The fire at Outwell, which started after a pile of tyres were set alight. Photo: Georgia Woollard

The fire at Outwell, which started after a pile of tyres were set alight. Photo: Georgia Woollard

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Fire crews returned to check on the smouldering remains of around 3,000 tyres this morning, after they were set on fire in Outwell, near Wisbech.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Last night frantic residents called the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service as smoke bellowed through the village after a large pile of tyres were set alight around 10.15pm.

Homeowners were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

The tyres had been dumped at the side of the road in Outwell over a period of about six months.

Pumps from Downham Market, West Walton and Kings Lynn were called to the fire in the area of The Cottons.

The fire service said the blaze started after a large pile of worn tyres were set alight.

Fire crews returned to the scene in the morning and the last fire engine left the scene at 10am on Monday (16).

Concerned resident Gary Hunns contacted the Wisbech Standard newspaper earlier this month to say residents were worried the tyre mountain was turning into a fire hazard.

He said: “Over the last six months someone has been dumping tyres on a piece of waste ground.

“They were all pushed up to the side of the road, creating a wall. There must be 2,000 to 3,000 tyres. It’s not what you expect in a rural village.”

Mr Hunns said a number of residents were concerned about the tyre mountain, which was a growing arson risk.

A resident from The Cottons said that the flames were “around 50ft high.”

Chris Kirk continued: “The neighbours came across to tell us and when we looked, we could see so much black smoke.

“A lot of people came outside to look at what was going on - the smell was horrendous.”

The Environment Agency have also been at the scene to establish if there is any risk of pollution.

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