Crews spending sixth day at Whittlesey warehouse fire

Fire at unit at Lattersy Hill trading estate, Whittlesey EMN-150427-171307009
Fire at unit at Lattersy Hill trading estate, Whittlesey EMN-150427-171307009

Fire crews are spending a sixth day at the scene of a fire affecting thousands of tonnes of wood chippings in a warehouse in Whittlesey.

Fire crews were called to Lattersey Hill Trading Estate, in Benwick Road, Whittlesey at 9.30am on Saturday (April 25).

The teams are still on site today (Thursday) to keep the fire under control.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighting crews have been working very hard over the past 48 hours to move the wood chippings and continually dampen it down.

“Assistance and a digger have been provided by a local company to help with removing firstly the unaffected wood chippings onto nearby open land. “We are now able to begin removing the burned material from the unit onto waste land and crews wearing breathing apparatus are using jets and hose reels to dampen it down.

“Two crews and a fire officer remain at the scene.

Firefighting crews have been working very hard over the past 48 hours to move the wood chippings and continually dampen it down.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesman

“Small quantities of steam and smoke still continue to issue. The plume is mainly local and is not harmful at current levels but our advice to anyone affected by the smoke, is to keep windows and doors closed.”