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Large scrapyard fire in Seething extinguished

PUBLISHED: 11:53 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 11 April 2016

Fire Crew attend the scene of a fire at a scrap yard in Seething.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Fire Crew attend the scene of a fire at a scrap yard in Seething. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Firefighters have left the scene of a large fire at a scrapyard in Seething - having spent almost 12 hours fighting the blaze.

Fire Crew attend the scene of a fire at a scrap yard in Seething.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherFire Crew attend the scene of a fire at a scrap yard in Seething. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

At its peak, 76 firefighters were called to the huge fire which ripped through the two-acre site off Harvey Lane containing up to 1,000 scrapped cars.

The public were warned to keep car windows closed if they drove past the rural area because of the smoke and fumes.

The Environment Agency was liaising with Hazmat officers to assess any pollution threat from the fire.

The blaze was under control by 6.45am and fire crews left at around 10am.

Norfolk Fire Service area manager David Ashworth said last night: “The key matter is to warn the public to keep their windows closed if they drive past.

“We are going to be here a considerable length of time to extinguish the fire. The difficulties for us at the moment are access and getting water to the fire.”

Norfolk Fire and Rescue received the call at around 10.18pm on Sunday, and 10 appliances were soon on the scene from Carrow, Loddon, Wymondham, Great Yarmouth, Earlham and Suffolk.

Firefighters were recalled to duty to maintain cover across the rest of Norfolk as their colleagues fought to contain the Seething blaze.

Two water carriers were also involved along with five officers and an aerial ladder platform.

Police and ambulance were contacted but there were not thought to be any injuries or people involved in the fire.

A fire investigator has been called and will visit the site today to determine the likely cause of the fire.

The owner of the site, David Yarham, praised the fire crews for doing “a marvellous job.”

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