Update: Fire crews tackle major blaze at a Peterborough scrap metal yard
Fire crews tackled a major fire at a Peterborough scrap metal business last night (March 5).
Residents were warned to stay indoors as a large plume of smoke rose from the scrap metal yard in Fourth Drove, Fengate.
Around 25 firefighters fought the blaze and remained at the scene dampening down until the early hours of this morning.
A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “Four crews from Dogsthorpe, Stanground, Yaxley and the Peterborough Volunteers together with a water carrier from Ramsey attended a large fire in Fourth Drove, Fengate, involving scrap metal items.
“Local residents and businesses were asked to keep doors and windows closed if affected by the smoke.
“Crews used three jets and two hose reels to extinguish the fire with the help of on site machinery to move parts of the pile.
“The fire was out by 10.50pm and the last crew left the scene around 11.10pm after ensuring there were no hotspots remaining.
“The cause was accidental.”
A spokesman at Sims Metal Management in Fengate told the Peterborough Telegraph that they were unable to give any details at this stage but confirmed that no-one was injured in the blaze and fire crews had now left the scene.