Investigation into cause of large fire at waste management business in Thurlton, near Loddon

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containin

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containing compost and food waste.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

An investigation is under way to try to determine the cause of a large fire at a waste management business in Thurlton, near Loddon.

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containin

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containing compost and food waste.Damping down the waste removed from one of the hangers.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Fire crews were called to M Gaze and Co in Thurlton Road on Sunday evening – and they continued to tackle pockets of fire yesterday.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but a roof at the site collapsed, making it difficult for crews to reach some areas which continued to burn into yesterday morning.

Crews remained at the site throughout yesterday, and a spokesman said the plan was for them to continue damping down to make sure the fire did not re-ignite.

Firefighters were due to have a watching brief at the site overnight.

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containin

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containing compost and food waste.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The fire service had advised people in the surrounding area to keep their doors and windows shut as a precaution, but later said that was no longer necessary.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service sent fire engines and water carriers from across the east, south and west of the county, who were joined by firefighters from Suffolk.

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Police, the Environment Agency and UK Power Networks were also at the scene, and a fire investigation officer is now working on the site to try to establish what caused the blaze.

The hangar contained 1,500 tonnes of compost and food waste, although it was also believed to have contained some plastics.

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containin

Aftermath and clear up at M Gaze & Co Ltd Thurlton premises after a major fire in a hangar containing compost and food waste.Damping down the waste removed from one of the hangers.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A spokesman for M Gaze and Co declined to comment on the incident.

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