December 6 2013 Latest news:
By Matt Hunter
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A blaze in a farm building containing gas cylinders is now under control.
Police were called to close nearby roads in Pettistree, near Wickham Market, at about 4.10pm.
An onlooker described seeing plumes of smoke in the skies as the fire took hold of what is believed to be a recycling business near Loudham Hall.
A force spokesman said the initial indication is that the fire is “serious and significant”.
The metal farm building measuring about 25m by 50m contained propane, oxygen and argon cylinders plus a 3,000 litre diesel tank, farm machinery and plant.
Homeowners have heard explosions and the fire service is advising people to keep their windows and doors shut.
The police spokesman said: “We’ve not had to evacuate any homes at this time but one caravan on the site had to be evacuated.”
Smoke has been blowing across the A12 in both directions from the site which is a couple of hundred metres from the road.
But the spokesman said there had been no need to close the road. He added there were still concerns over a gas tank at the site.
Chris Pennington was three miles away in Dallinghoo when he heard “a huge explosion” and saw towering black smoke rising in the distance.
He said: “This bang was very loud and sounded like an aircraft does when it comes through the clouds – like a rumbling sound. I wondered if it was a gas explosion.”
A fire spokesperson said hazardous waste had been involved in the fire but all people who had been working at the site had been accounted for.
Crews have used two jets, one hose reel, two ground monitors and one turntable ladder monitor to tackle the fire, and four breathing apparatus are still in use so cylinders within the building can be cooled.
Some appliances are now being released from the incident.
A total of seven appliances were in attendance including from Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Princes Street.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious.