Investigation starts after blaze at vehicle workshop

An investigation is under way following a fire on an industrial estate in Great Yarmouth. Picture: T

An investigation is under way following a fire on an industrial estate in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Thomas Chapman - Credit: Archant

An investigation has begun after a blaze ripped through a vehicle workshop in Great Yarmouth.

An investigation is under way following a fire on an industrial estate in Great Yarmouth. Picture: T

An investigation is under way following a fire on an industrial estate in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Thomas Chapman - Credit: Archant

Fourteen fire engines - including an aerial ladder platform and an environmental protection unit - were called to Gorleston Accident Repair Centre on Friday night.

The fire broke out in the workshop, at Faraday Road, off Gapton Hall Road, at 10.15pm, with firefighters wearing breathing equipment while they battled the flames.

A single fire crew returned to the scene this morning, inspecting the industrial unit for about 45 minutes in an attempt to establish what may have caused the blaze.

They were later joined by a Norfolk Constabulary forensics team, who set about conducting a sweep of the premises.

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were called to Faraday Road, off Gapton Hall Road. Ph

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were called to Faraday Road, off Gapton Hall Road. Photo: Google - Credit: Archant


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Fellow business owners based on the estate arrived having awoken to news of the fire, thankful that their own premises had not been affected.

Last night's blaze saw Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service send crews from Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Martham and Loddon, along with aerial ladder platforms from Great Yarmouth and Earlham, the environmental protection unit from Sprowston and the control unit from Wymondham.

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They were also joined by colleagues from Suffolk, with firefighters from Lowestoft also assisting.

The incident was declared under control at just before midnight. Fire crews remained at the scene until 12.30am when the incident was passed over to the police.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are set to continue throughout the day.

Did you see what happened? Email Thomas.Chapman@archant.co.uk or call 01502 525829.

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