Blaze at Christchurch scrap yard

Fire at a scrap yard in Christchurch
Fire at a scrap yard in Christchurch

More than 20 gas cylinders were involved in a blaze at a scrap yard in Christchurch yesterday (Thursday, May 14).

Smoke was seen billowing from the yard in Euximoor Drive on Thursday afternoon.

Crews from Wisbech, March, Littleport, Chatteris, Ely and Whittlesey attended along with a command unit from Huntingdon.

Crews used four jets to extinguish the fire, which had been started accidentally after a bonfire had spread.

All crews returned to their stations by 11.35pm.

Station Commander Matt Murdoch, incident commander, said: “Crews worked very hard for a long period of time to fully extinguish this fire in difficult circumstances considering the number of cylinders that were involved.

“If a member of the public does have a fire involving cylinders, we would urge them to notify the firefighters on scene as early as possible so we can safely deal with these.

“This is also a timely reminder that businesses and residents alike should take great care if they are going to light a bonfire, by ensuring it is well away from property and flammable materials.

“We would instead advise people to take any waste to their local waste and recycling centre.”