Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Update: Essex fire crews fight 4,000 tonnes of burning wood chip at Harwich port

PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:43 21 February 2014

Archant

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at Harwich International Port.

Three crews are on site trying to put out a fire which has engulfed 4,000 tonnes of wood chip.

Essex Fire Service was called just before 6am and sent two crews from Dovercourt and one from Manningtree to the incident.

A monitor (water cannon) is being used to prevent the fire from spreading while jets are also being prepared as a precaution.

An Essex Fire Service spokesman said: “Crews are working with the owners on site to get some JCBs to move the wood chip and divide it up.”

Crews have said the pile is smouldering in several places.

They await the arrival of heavy machinery to expose the smouldering patches so they can be extinguished.

It is not known how long it will take to put out the fire or what caused it.

0 comments

A 333 mile journey home for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finished on Saturday when the Hike4Hopey charity walkers arrived at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

Several people were stuck for reportedly more than an hour on a ride at the Cymbeline Meadow fair, Colchester.

Family of a Suffolk man who died from a brain tumour have attended a ceremony to open a Quiet Room in his memory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

A spring cleaning campaign across west Suffolk has seen volunteers litter pick and remove more than 460 bags of waste from public open spaces.

Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24