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Crews to remain at Wisbech fire 'for at least another 24 hours'

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Fire at Shires wood yard in Brigstock Road Wisbech. (2693027)
Fire at Shires wood yard in Brigstock Road Wisbech. (2693027)

Fire crews are likely to remain at the scene of a major blaze in Wisbech for the next 24 to 36 hours after flames flared up again this afternoon.

Units, including crews from neighbouring Norfolk and Lincolnshire, were initially called to the Smiths wood yard site on Brigstock Road shortly before 11am yesterday.

At the height of the incident, more than 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze.

Although crews remained at the scene overnight damping down, flames have flared up again this afternoon and large amounts of black smoke are being seen in the area.

In a video posted on the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service's Twitter page a short time ago, Station Commander Paul Clarke said: "There is still a significant fire in the premises.

"Our current operational tactic is to allow it to burn out under control. However, we are still seeing a lot of thick, black smoke coming from the premises.

"Our advice is to keep your doors and windows closed. We will be maintaining a presence here for the next 24 to 36 hours."

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