'Stay indoors and keep windows closed': Fire crews rush to diesel tank blaze
PUBLISHED: 15:37 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 18:03 30 May 2019
SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
Residents of Great Barton were urged to close all their windows by firefighters yesterday as they fought to extinguish a burning diesel tank near Bury St Edmunds.
Firefighters were called at 1.34pm on Thursday afternoon to Brand Road in the village of Great Barton after black smoke was reportedly seen drifting towards homes nearby.
Five fire crews - from Wickhambrook, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Newmarket - as well as one crew from Norfolk Fire and Rescue, were deployed to battle a blaze that was engulfing a barn, garages, a crop sprayer and a diesel tank.
The fire had started in a barn which was located on the grounds of Redcastle Farm Cottage on the outskirts of the Suffolk town.
Firefighters declared the incident a threat to public safety and local residents were advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed due to the large plume on the wind.-
Darren Cooper, station commander, said: "Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service received a call at approximately 1.30pm this afternoon and mobilised resources.
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"On arrival, we were confronted with a well-developed fire coming from what appeared to be the outbuildings on the farm itself.
"We quickly established we had cylinders involved and a quantity of pesticides of the kind you would expect to find on a farm.
"At this point in time we are gathering information and very much in the defensive mode of operation so we have surrounded the incident, covering branches and protecting the surrounding area."
After bringing the fire under control, Mr Cooper added: "We've liaised with the police to ascertain the extent of the wind plume and at this point in time we are not expecting there to be any hazard to the public at all, but we will update them if anything changes with the incident.
"At the moment we are not believing the incident to be suspicious at all.
"No one was injured and because of the pesticides involved, our concern is now to the environment and the firefighters in attendance."
The Environment Agency and Suffolk Constabulary were informed of the incident however, all roads surrounding the area remained open while fire crews battled the blaze.