Friday, November 16, 2012
Firefighters say they have brought a major blaze at a Suffolk industrial estate under control.
Ten crews were called to Lady Lane, Hadleigh, tonight where three petrol tankers each containing 20,000 litres of fuel were on fire - with one situated close to a fourth tanker which contained 80,000 litres of gas oil.
The A1071 was closed to traffic by police. No one has been reported as being hurt at the incident.
The fire was initially reported at 6.40pm, with three crews sent. Two more were requested because of multiple explosions and the fact the tanks were close to others.
At 7.08pm, fire control advised there was a threat to public safety and an emergency planning officer was later called in to assist with evacuating the immediate area.
Five more crews were requested at 7.21pm.
By 8.41pm, the fire for two of the fuel tankers had “diminished”, according to Suffolk fire officials.
But the third container was still alight and close to the tanker of gas oil.
An hour later, this third fire was brought under control.
Suffolk fire and rescue added: “A 300-metre cordon has been put in place and some of the surrounding roads have been closed.
“Residents are advised to avoid the area and to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.”