Fire is out at Murfitts tyre recycling plant in Lakenheath

The Murfitts fire captured by Brandon firefighters

The Murfitts fire captured by Brandon firefighters - Credit: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

A large fire that broke out at a tyre recycling plant in Lakenheath is under control.

Six appliances from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service have attended Murfitts Industries Ltd in Station Road this morning.

The call came in at 8.45am and about 10 appliances were mobilised.

A farmer captured this footage of a large fire at Murfitts Industries Ltd in Lakenheath

A farmer captured this footage of a large fire at Murfitts Industries Ltd in Lakenheath. This is a screenshot of the video - Credit: Charles Smith

Eye witnesses saw large flames and a thick, black plume of smoke - but the fire is now out.

Brandon Fire Station said in a Facebook post that when crews arrived about 40 tonnes of shredded tyre waste was well alight.


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"Crews will remain on scene for some time," the post said.

A fire at Murfitts Tyre Recycling Centre in Lakenheath is brought under control. The smoke comtinues

A fire at Murfitts Tyre Recycling Centre in Lakenheath is brought under control. The smoke comtinues to fill the air though covering the nearby RSPB Lakenheath Fen. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

District councillor Brian Harvey said he was concerned about the fumes.

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Speaking this morning, he said: "From the photographs and what I'm being told by local residents the fumes are spreading quite considerably at the moment, hence the reason for trying to get the information out."

He said the site was next to Lakenheath Railway Station and backed onto the railway line.

Murfitts relocated to Lakenheath 11 years ago after a major fire at Littleport near Ely.

A fire at Murfitts Tyre Recycling Centre in Lakenheath is brought under control. The smoke comtinues

Murfitts relocated to Lakenheath 11 years ago - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The company retained the Littleport site, but it never again became operational. 

It is understood crews are still on site.

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