Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Video/Gallery: Firefighters tackle Hadleigh tanker blaze

PUBLISHED: 00:16 17 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 November 2012

Major fire at Hadleigh industrial estate

Major fire at Hadleigh industrial estate

Archant

WITNESSES described seeing fireballs shoot 100ft into the air as three fuel tankers exploded into flames.

More than fifty firefighters from across Suffolk were called to the UKAY Fuel Limited storage depot on Lady Lane Industrial Estate in Hadleigh at 6.40pm yesterday.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Hardingham said crews battled for 90 minutes to prevent flames spreading from the burning vehicles to an underground tank of fuel containing 50,000 litres of gas oil.

Police set up a 300m cordon and warned those living near the site, to close their windows and stay inside.

Louis Callaway-Rush, 22, was at a petrol station in Lady Lane when a woman rushed in and broke the news.

“I went round the corner and then I heard two almighty bangs as two of the tanks went up.

“It is the biggest fire I’ve ever seen up close.

“The flames were probably 100ft high. I was shocked something like this was happening in Hadleigh.”

The chemical engineer, who works for Hadleigh-based CK Chemicals, said when he left the scene, and reached the A1071, he could feel the heat of the blaze through his car window.

The A1071 was later closed to all traffic as emergency services set up a command post to deal with the situation.

The road was reopened about at 10.50pm.

Ross and Samuel Stone of Hadleigh said “explosions were constant” as the blaze took hold, while Jimmy Moore, 34, of Hadleigh, described how the sky over the town had been “lit up” with an orange glow.

Dep Chf Hardingham said the first of the tankers had been empty but the second vehicle contained 12,000 litres of kerosene.

The third tanker contained 15,000 litres of gas oil and 2,000 litres of road fuel.

The tankers were parked a short distance away from an underground storage unit that held about 50,000 litres of fuel.

Firefighters sprayed the tank, which was said to already be hot, with cold water to prevent the gas oil from igniting.

Dep Chf Hardingham, who praised the efforts of his crews and other emergency services at the scene, said: “Our main concern was about the storage tank. If the fire had spread it would have been much more significant for the premises and the surrounding businesses.”

All of the tankers were extinguised by about 9pm, although two fire engines remained at the site throughout the night.

A fire investigations team were at the site

A site inspection and investigation into the cause of the fire is due to begin tomorrow mornin

Paramedics, police and environment agency officers were also at the scene.

There have been no reported injuries.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A “sadistic” Essex woman who forced children to fight each other for food and threw them across the room as part of a “game” has been jailed for four years.

Linkin Park singer and Ipswich Town supporter Chester Bennington has died aged 41, Los Angeles County coroner has said.

A paramedic for the East of England Ambulance Service has been suspended for six months on grounds of misconduct for failing to provide the correct care to a patient whose heart had stopped.

A 1,000-signature strong petition could not save the Ipswich free shuttle bus when members of the county council backed plans to withdraw funding for the service from the end of the month.

Members of Suffolk County Council have backed the authority’s decision to formally oppose the closure of nine pedestrian crossings over rail lines in the area.

A north Essex hospice has unveiled plans to build a nursing home in a coastal Essex town – in a move that would make it the first hospice in the country to run such a facility.

Five new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed for Essex.

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

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24