Fire crews tackle extensive blaze involving 500 tonnes of wood

Fire crews have spent the day fighting an extensive blaze involving 500 tonnes of wood chippings and waste wood material.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 4:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 5:38 pm
The fire in Upwood today

A fire crew and water carrier from Ramsey were called to a fire in the open in Longholme Road, Upwood at 8.14am today, Wednesday May 25.

Approximately 500 tonnes of wood chippings and waste wood material was alight and smouldering.

Firefighters used hose reels to contain the fire and stop it from spreading and a digging machine was used to spread the material out to extinguish it quicker.

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The fire in Upwood today

The fire is being allowed to burn out in a controlled environment this afternoon.

Regular inspections are being made to the site by fire crews.

The cause of the fire was accidental, believed to have been a bonfire that spread.

The fire in Upwood today
The fire in Upwood today
The fire in Upwood today