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Fire-fighters battle huge factory blaze in Thetford

Fire in Burrell Way Trade Park, Thetford
Fire in Burrell Way Trade Park, Thetford

About 60 fire-fighters battled a large blaze at a factory in Thetford yesterday.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to the incident, in Burrell Way, where 25 per cent of the building was involved in fire at about 3.44pm.

Fire in Burrell Way Trade Park, Thetford
Fire in Burrell Way Trade Park, Thetford

Incident commander Paul Seaman said the factory was used to manufacture and paint skips and a paint workshop in the facility suffered ‘significant fire damage’.

He said: “When our first crews arrived, they were faced with a significant developing fire. They worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to prevent the fire spreading to the main factory area.”

They were assisted by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and at its height there were 12 appliances involved including a water carrier, environmental protection unit, control unit and aerial ladder platform.

Mr Seaman said they had to set up a 150 metre cordon with assistance from Norfolk Police as they believed there to be compressed gas cylinders involved.

There were also road closures with some businesses evacuated as a precaution.

Mr Seaman added that there were no injuries and there was ‘very little damage’ caused to the main factory area.

They believe the fire started in a paint spray booth.

A crew was on scene this morning to dampen down while the cause of the incident is being investigated.


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