The emergency services were called at about 7pm with reports of the blaze at a trailer park in Shrewsbury Avenue. About £2 million worth of damage was caused to 48 trailers. No one was injured during the incident. Five boys, one aged 15, three aged 16 and one aged 19, have been arrested today on suspicion of arson and are currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station. The huge incident saw loud explosions go off in Peterborough and a cloud of smoke fill the air. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call police on 101 or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report quoting 35/61856/19. A spokesperson for Whirlpool, which runs Hotpoint, said: “A serious fire occurred in an outdoor area at Whirlpool’s UK headquarters on Thursday, August 29. We would like to reassure everyone that nobody has been injured in this incident and that none of the buildings on the site in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, have been affected. Operations resumed as normal at the site on the morning of Friday, August 30 and the incident will not have any impact on our ability to fulfil our commitments to our trade partners and consumers. Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been investigating the scene throughout today (August 30) and we have now been informed that police suspect arson to be the cause of the fire. We are deeply concerned by this development and are assisting the police in every way we can as they continue their investigations. We urge anyone with any information that might assist the police investigation to contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary. The fire began at approximately 6.45pm in an area where heavy goods vehicle trailers containing spare parts are parked. As the fire spread, approximately 50 of these trailers were destroyed. Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze with crews attending from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. The fire was brought under control by around 9pm. Whirlpool would like to extend its most sincere thanks to all the emergency services who attended and assisted in tackling this incident, including police, fire, and ambulance crews. Whirlpool also apologises to people living and working in the area for any disruption caused. The Peterborough site is Whirlpool’s UK headquarters and comprises its head offices and call centres, as well as logistics, training and workshop facilities. Around 1,000 of Whirlpool’s 2,500 UK workforce are based at the Morley Way site, which has been involved in the domestic appliances industry since 1945.”
Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with the large fire which took place at Hotpoint last night (Thursday).