Arsonists set light to piles of dumped tyres in Outwell

Fire at tyre depot, Outwell
Fire at tyre depot, Outwell

Villagers in Outwell were forced to keep their doors and windows closed after 700 dumped tyres were set alight.

People living in the area have been calling for the massive piles of worn tyres to be removed after they have been dumped on the former onion factory site in Basin Road.

Three crews of firefighters battled with the blaze on Sunday night.

Norfolk fire service believes the incident is arson and the police have been informed.

One person who has been calling to have the tyres removed is Gary Hunns, who lives in Basin Road.

He said: “This is annoying.

“The Environment Agency were supposed to going out to have a look at the problem this week and West Norfolk Council say it is no longer a fly tipping problem but a planning issue so their people were supposed to be looking at it.

“There is still a pile of tyres there. The fire brigade separated them to stop it from spreading. I am hoping that they will remove the remaining tyres.

“If this had been dealt with quickly the fire brigade would not have been called out on Sunday.”

Crews from Lynn, Downham Market and West Walton were called out to the site at 10.30pm. The foam carrier and support alliance from Fakenham also attended.

People living in Town Street and Rectory Road were advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke plume.

Crews returned on Monday morning for a follow-up visit.

A spokesman from the Environment Agency said: “We went to Basin Road, Outwell this morning and there is no sign of contamination from the fire water run-off.

“We will now be contacting the landowner to discuss the removal of the remaining and fire damaged tyres and other waste at this location to deter further fly-tipping or other criminal activity.

“We have had no reports of tyres being fly-tipped at this site.”