Business as usual at blaze scrapyard

IT was business as usual today at a scrap yard which was hit by a massive fire.

IT was business as usual today at a scrap yard which was hit by a massive fire.

Sackers Recycling was open today despite huge blaze which raged for several hours overnight in a large pile of scrap metal.

Firefighters worked into the early hours of this morning to tackle the blaze in Great Blakenham.

This morning David Dodds, who is joint managing director of the family-run firm, said there had been no financial loss and the scrap metal would be processed anyway.

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“We are up and running as usual,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Crews were called just after 9pm yesterday where large quantities of scrap metal and cars were ablaze.

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Around 15 firefighters from Princes Street and Needham Market fought the flames while the owner of the yard used a mechanical crane to remove unaffected pieces of metal.

An eye witness said: “The plume of smoke could be seen from the A14 and was close to the new development in Plummers Dell, Great Blakenham.

“The smoke was a mixture of black and white and the Sackers staff could be seen with diggers trying to drag away material in an attempt to control the fire.

“At the height of the fire over 50 residents were watching.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire Service said the blaze was out by 12.40am today but crews were remaining on scene to continue damping down and making sure the fire did not reignite.

The last firefighters left the scene at around 4.20am.

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