Refuse site fire set to burn 'for some time'

Fire crews are tackling a blaze which broke out at a refuse site on Mill Drove, in Blackborough End near King's Lynn.

Fire crews are tackling a blaze which broke out at a refuse site on Mill Drove, in Blackborough End near King's Lynn. - Credit: Tina Rutterford

Crews tackling a large refuse site blaze in West Norfolk are expecting the fire to continue burning for "some time".

People have been told to keep their windows shut after a fire broke out at a refuse site on Mill Drove, in Blackborough End near King's Lynn, in the early hours of this morning [Tuesday, August 3]. 

Fire crews from King's Lynn North, King's Lynn South, Terrington, Heacham, Swaffham, Sandringham are at the scene, as well as a water carrier from Fakenham and the high-volume pump from Thetford. 

A spokesman from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "There are 8 appliances in attendance, and given the nature of the fire involving landfill we anticipate the fire to continue to burn for some time, so will continue to be ongoing with appliances in attendance."

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The plume of smoke rising from the rubbish fire at Blackborough End, near King's Lynn - Credit: Chris Bishop

A tweet by Norfolk's Fire Service said: “We are in attendance at a large fire in Blackborough End West Norfolk. Please keep windows and doors shut in the vicinity.” 


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On the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service log, it adds: “Appliances from King's Lynn North, King's Lynn South, Terrington, Heacham, Swaffham, Sandringham, the water carrier from Fakenham and the high volume pump from Thetford are in attendance at a large refuse fire on Mill Drove.  

“This is an ongoing incident.”

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Chris Bishop reporting from the scene 

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The burning rubbish at Blackborough End - Credit: Chris Bishop

“I’m standing about a mile away from the fire. You can see there is a plume of white, grey smoke which is going a couple of hundred feet into the sky. 

“You can smell it from here. It’s like an acrid burning smell – almost like smouldering paper. 

“You can’t see the seat of the fire because it’s in one of the former quarry workings. 

“But business is carrying on as normal. There are some sand and gravel businesses around here. Lorries are turning up to carry it off to building sites. 

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The burning rubbish pile at Blackborough End - Credit: Chris Bishop

“It’s quite some distance from the nearest house, probably like a mile. 

“Fire engines are starting to leave. A couple have gone past me, so it’s obviously winding down.” 

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Fire crews were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning. The incident remains ongoing - Credit: Chros Bishop





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