Needham Market: Paint factory fire breaks out

A BLAZE broke out in an industrial plant calling six fire pumps to the scene.

Two crews from Needham Market and Stowmarket attended after reports came in of smoke issuing from a building in Maitland Road, Needham Market.

They arrived at 11.10am to find a fire in an industrial spray booth and used breathing apparatus, a thermal imaging camera and a hose reel jet to tackle the flames.

But within minutes, they called for crews from Colchester Road, Ipswich, Debenham and a support vehicle from Beccles, along with the turntable ladder so they could access the roof.

The fire broke out in what is thought to be an industrial oven containing paint powders, and officers evacuated the two-storey building and shut off surrounding roads because of the smoke coming from the industrial chimney.

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By noon, they had called for another two pumps from Stowmarket, Princes Street and a support appliance from headquarters.

The fire was eventually contained in the oven, and a Hazmat officer was on scene to supervise the rescue effort.

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The incident was closed at 1.50pm but crews stayed on scene to check for any further hotspots.

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