Concerns over asbestos and diesel after workshop is gutted in blaze

Emergency services on the scene of the fire at Pit Street, Southrepps. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Emergency services on the scene of the fire at Pit Street, Southrepps. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

A workshop has been gutted in a fire at a farm near Southrepps.

Emergency services on the scene of the fire at Pit Street, Southrepps. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Emergency services on the scene of the fire at Pit Street, Southrepps. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

A workshop has been gutted in a fire at a farm near Southrepps.

However, the quick response of firefighters has saved the whole building from being destroyed.

Emergency services raced to the scene in Pit Lane when the alarm was raised on Thursday around 10.40am.

Fire crews from Cromer, Mundesley, Sheringham and North Walsham were in attendance along with police and ambulance crew.

Emergency services were called to the scene after the alarm was raised. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Emergency services were called to the scene after the alarm was raised. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY


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The environmental protection unit from Sprowston was also called amid concerns over water run off from the fire which involved a diesel tank and asbestos sheeting.

The fire was quickly brought under control but fire crews were still at the scene this afternoon damping down and motorists were being advised to avoid the area, with a section of the road cordoned off.

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Paul Cosgrove, crew manager at Mundesley, said: 'We've had quite a serious fire.

'Half of the building is completely burnt out, the roof has collapsed - it was well alight when we arrived.

'There was a diesel tank involved and some asbestos sheeting, and we've made efforts to extinguish it.'

But he added: 'The fire is under control. At the moment we're in defensive mode, from our point of view that means we're standing back applying water from a distance, not committing crews into the risk area, and we're at the stage now where we're just damping down.'

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